What’s Tech248?

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

In 2014, Oakland County launched an initiative called “Tech248.”  Since then, there have been quarterly meet-ups that focus on networking and collaboration opportunities for the local tech industry.  The City of Auburn Hills is excited and proud to be a part of this economic initiative.

Yesterday, Tech248 held a summit in Auburn Hills at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum that focused mainly on talent development and recruitment.  The room was filled with experts in the tech community eager to find ways to help address the talent shortage in their industry.

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The featured speaker was Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager of Workforce Development for Oakland County.   Jennifer discussed how Workforce Development can partner with the IT industry to assist in addressing the talent shortage that is being experienced and also announced that Workforce Development now has a dedicated resource that can help the industry to develop strategies for IT talent recruitment.

If you’re looking to connect with other IT folks, click here to check out their website for more information about the program.

Keep Off The Grass

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Lately, Auburn Hills’ Code Enforcement Officers have been noticing an increase in lawn parking.  Ordinance 1812(3) states that “Vehicles shall not be parked on the lawn of a side yard, rear yard or front yard.”  All vehicles must be on an approved surface consisting of cement, asphalt, gravel or brick.

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This ordinance was enacted because lawn parking is “unsightly, causes the loss of ground cover and erosion, provides potential environmental hazards and could potentially impede emergency vehicles/personnel access to a structure.”

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So think of the look of your neighborhood, the local environment and your continued safety and park on approved surfaces only.  C’mon, keep off the grass.

Construction Begins On New $28 Million Senior Living Community

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Construction began this week on First & Main, a new three-story senior living community located on the 8-acre parcel on the north side of Walton Road, between North Squirrel and Patrick Henry.

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The first stage of the development includes the construction of the east wing which encompasses the 102-unit assisted living wing, including 42 memory care units.   Once the east wing is completed, the west wing with 61 independent living units, will be built.

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This senior living community will feature a variety of amenities including a shop, salon, library, healing garden, and chapel and is intended to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.  Check back for progress updates.

The Warped Tour Is Back!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

This Friday, the 2016 Vans Warped Tour returns to the Palace of Auburn Hills.  This popular one-day, outdoor concert event features over 70 bands on seven stages.  If you’re a newbie to this all-ages show, you’ll want to check out the on-line Guide to All Things Warped.  You’ll find great information on everything from tickets to transportation and eveything in between.

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Warped offers one (1) complimentary parent admission to accompany a minor (under 18) that has purchased a ticket.  Only one complimentary ticket per party and rules apply.  The show begins at 11:00am and closes down by 9:00pm.

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Tickets are $40.50 general admission in advance and are available at Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store, all Ticketmaster locations and Livenation.com. On the day of the show, tickets will be $45 at Ticketmaster outlets and $50 at The Palace Ticket Store.

Be safe, have fun and rock out!

New Industrial Building Proposed

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by JB Donaldson Company to construct a 130,000 sq. ft. industrial building located at the southwest corner of Brown Road and North Atlantic Boulevard.

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The proposed development, which is estimated at $11 million, has already received significant interest from a local company as the possible site for their new headquarters.

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The Auburn Hills Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of the new development.  We anticipate a final decision by City Council on Monday, July 25th.

Auburn Hills Welcomes Bellacino’s

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders has opened up shop inside the Auburn Hills Meijer Store located at 800 Brown Road.

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Best known for their ‘grinder’ sandwiches which are fresh-baked Italian rolls filled with meats and cheeses are baked then garnished – if so desired – with lettuce and tomato.  Just a bit of history…the name ‘Grinder’ dates back to WWII when Italian immigrants set up sandwich shops close to shipyards.  The hard-working men spent their days grinding rivets off of old metal warships so locals started calling them “grinders”.  As frequent patrons of these sandwich shops, their favorite sandwiches took on the name “grinders” as well.

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Ham & Cheese, Roast Beef, Veggie, BBQ Pork, Tuna, Meatball and Ruben are just a few of the sandwich options available – along with pizza, salad, breadsticks and more.  We welcome Bellacino’s to Auburn Hills!

Renishaw Proposes New Facility In Oakland Technology Park

Posted by Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by General Development Company to construct a 20,070 sq. ft. technology and research facility for Renishaw.  The proposed facility will be located at the south end of Deepwood Drive, within the Oakland Technology Park.  Total investment in the project is estimated at $5 million.

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Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies with expertise in precision measurement and health care.  The new facility will enable Renishaw to provide turnkey measuring solutions to the automotive industry, including Chrysler, Ford and GM.  The company also supports the aerospace and medical industries.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, July 25th.