The Big Green Monster On Walton Blvd.

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction on the First & Main senior living community is going gangbusters.  What we now affectionately call “The Big Green Monster” at 3051 E. Walton (photo says it all) is ahead of schedule and the plan is to keep it that way.

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Construction of the roof is progressing and should wrap up by the end of next week along with the installation of many exterior windows.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing is already set on the first floor and 90% complete on the second.  Drywall installation begins the last week of February.

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Exterior brick work will commence in early March and the “green” will be gone.  Check back to see this attractive development continue to take shape.

A Few Quotes On Valentine’s Day

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

“All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

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“Forever thine, forever mine, forever ours.” Immortal Beloved – Ludwig van Beethoven

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“Today is Valentine’s Day.  Or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day.” – Jay Leno

“If you were a Transformer, you’d be Optimus FINE.” – Unknown

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.” – Will Ferrell

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“Never go to bed mad – stay up and fight.” – Phillis Diller

“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach

“Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.” – Mae West

“Maybe you don’t need the whole world to love you, you know.  Maybe you just need one person.” – Kermit the Frog

“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call them something else.” – Sixteen Candles

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“The truth is everyone is going to hurt you.  You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are only 3 things women need in life: food, water and compliments.” – Chris Rock

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – When Harry Met Sally

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“Women love a self-confident bald man.” – Larry David

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Celebrate your love in Auburn Hills.

Go Out Or Stay In? Super Bowl Planning Begins

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

This is it!  The big game is Sunday.  Whether you plan to watch the Super Bowl couch commando-style or get into the game at a local hot spot, Auburn Hills has what you need for a great party.

If you’re heading out, check out The HUB Stadium – the Home of Urban Bowling.  Enjoy a game of your own (football included) while you watch the Super Bowl and partake in snacks, sharables, handhelds and Bomb Burgers.

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Or…visit Great Lakes Crossing Outlets for a taste of MEX – a new, modern, playful restaurant rooted in authentic Mexican flavors.  It’s located in District 6 just a couple doors down from long-time favorite, Bar Louie.  Flat-screens abound in both locations so you won’t miss any of the football action.

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Sprinkled throughout the city are favorite bar/restaurants like Red Ox, Hoops Sports & Spirits, Duffy’s Pub and Friday’s.

If you do decide to stay home, at least have someone do the cooking for you.  Buddy’s Pizza, Jimmy Johns, Qdoba, Alfoccinos, Jo’Angela’s Pizza & Deli Co are just a few of the catering options available.

Cheers to a fun and safe game day for all!

Breaking Down Barriers

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Could someone with a physical limitation visit your home today?  Do you think that you will be able to continue living in your home as you grow older?  The answer to both questions is most likely “no.”

The City of Auburn Hills is working to address this issue and raise awareness with home builders that certain design elements and features can be seamlessly integrated into the construction of a new home so that it is functionally accessible for people of all ages and abilities.  Encouraging “universal design” was a key policy recommendation that resulted from discussions with the community during the Age Friendly Auburn Hills initiative.

Overview of Universal Design Features. Diagram used with permission from Heartland Builders, LLC.

Overview of Universal Design Features. Diagram used with permission from Heartland Builders, LLC.

The strategy behind the universal design movement is to make a home usable for everyone, especially those with short or long-term disabilities (living within or visiting), by discretely removing physical barriers – without making the home look institutional or aesthetically unappealing.

To incentivize builders to incorporate these design features into their new home proposals, the City intends to offer streamlined permitting and eligibility for zoning flexibility.

Those interested in learning more about this initiative and proposed ordinance are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the ordinance is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, February 27th.

Building Official Jeff Spencer Honored For 30 Years Of Service

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday was special for us.

Numerous City staff visited our Department, and gathered around some wonderful Costco cake, to congratulate Building Official Jeff Spencer for 30 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the City of Auburn Hills.

Building Official Jeff Spencer (left) and Assistant City Manager Don Grice (right)

Building Official Jeff Spencer (left) and Assistant City Manager Don Grice (right)

Jeff Spencer has played an integral role in the City’s growth and has a ton of experience.  He has helped ensure the safety of hundreds of buildings, which is quite a legacy.   It is people like Jeff who help make our community great.

In front of his co-workers, friends, and family, Jeff gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone and provided some sage advice:

  1. Keep life in balance.  Work hard for eight hours, have eight hours of fun and down time, and sleep eight hours.  Mess that up and things get crazy.
  2. Keep working to improve yourself and your skills.
  3. Do your homework and don’t try to do things on your own.
  4. Take action.  Don’t be scared to make a mistake.  You can also get in trouble for doing nothing.
  5. Be a mentor to someone.  Teach the younger generation and pass on your knowledge.  Don’t forget that you can also learn the skills they have to offer.
  6. Change and get better or you will be left behind.

Jeff … Thank you for your service to the City of Auburn Hills.  You are an awesome big brother.  I look forward to working many more years side-by-side with you.

Coffee and Textbooks

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

I attended a ribbon cutting yesterday that brought back so many memories, even from my high school days.  I remember hanging out in Downtown Rochester at the Coffee Beanery and also going to Lakeside Mall to grab a cup of my favorite coffee.  After a while, Coffee Beanery locations began to disappear.  I haven’t been to one in probably ten years.  That changed yesterday!

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There is a new Coffee Beanery located inside Baker College and we had the opportunity to celebrate with staff and students yesterday.  It brought back so many great memories.  In addition to their wonderful coffee, they have a great salad and sandwich menu! You don’t have to be a student to drop in and grab your morning coffee!

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On an interesting side note, Coffee Beanery was founded in Flushing, Michigan in 1976.

Congratulations to the staff at Baker College for this wonderful addition!

The H.U.B. Stadium – The Center Of Late Night Fun

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City is happy to announce the successful opening of The H.U.B. Stadium.  This new entertainment venue will serve as the home of urban bowling (aka Bombowling) and the center of late night fun for the many residents of Southeast Michigan and beyond.

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The H.U.B. features 16 bombowling lanes, event space that can accommodate parties of up to 400 people, a menu that should please a wide range of taste buds and two bars that offer an assortment of beverages, including premium craft beers.

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If you and your friends are up for something fun to do, like trying to knock down bowling pins with a football, stop by the H.U.B. Stadium.

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It’s easy to find – located in the former Big Buck Brewery along Opdyke Road, just south of University Drive.