New Drive-Thru Dunkin’ Donuts To Locate In Auburn Crossing

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Happy Friday morning!  We have some good news.

Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a lease to occupy new space being planned for the Auburn Crossing retail center, which is located east of I-75 between University Drive and Pontiac Road.  The bakery and coffee shop will include a drive-thru facility and indoor/outdoor seating.  The popular store will be part of a $4.95 million project to extensively renovate the tired looking property.

Coming soon to Auburn Hills

Plans call for the demolition of approximately 10,849 square feet of the western portion of the existing retail center, while making improvements to the remaining building façade.  In addition to revitalizing the existing center, a new 7,728 square foot retail building will be constructed closer to University Drive.  The Dunkin’ Donuts store will be located in the new building.

Auburn Crossing today

Artist rendering looking at the site from eastbound University Drive

The owner intends to start construction within the next 30 days.  The project is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We all like to get out and enjoy the warm summertime weather – but warm weather brings those pesky little mosquitos.  This is the time of year we want to protect ourselves from the West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Oakland County Health Department officials confirmed that one of their mosquito test pools tested positive for the virus earlier this month.  With that in mind, there’s no better time to remind everyone about the precautionary measures that reduce your risk of getting WNV and other diseases that mosquitos carry.  Just follow a few simple steps:

  • Use insect repellent in accordance to the manufactures recommendation
  • Eliminate standing water that collects in birdbaths, boats, buckets, tires, unused pools, roof gutters and other containers
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and pants
  • Limit outdoor activity primarily between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes may be present (i.e. shaded and wooded areas)
  • Maintain window and door screening to keep mosquitoes out of buildings
  • Following these simple steps should help everyone enjoy their summertime experiences

For more information on West Nile Virus please visit the Oakland County Health Department’s website.

Beztak’s Five Points Buzzing With Activity

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

What a difference a few months can make!  Construction continues on Beztak‘s new Five Points of Auburn Hills luxury apartment community, located on Five Points Drive between University Drive and Squirrel Road.  The first two buildings under construction (northernmost on the site), are targeted to begin leasing in the fall.

Today under sunny skies, workers were digging the pool just off the new clubhouse building in the center of the development.  Work continues on the inside of the clubhouse, which will house a social room, a bar area, and a large exercise room.

On the south east corner of the site, roof trusses will soon be set on the third apartment building, and slabs are already in place for construction to begin on the final three buildings on the south and south west corners (outlined in orange below).

Stay tuned for details on upcoming leasing starts.

Nino’s Italian Grill Opening Soon

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

There’s a brand new Italian restaurant coming to Auburn Hills.  The new restaurant, called Nino’s Italian Grill, is taking over the former Max and Erma’s building located at 4255 Baldwin Road, right across the Street from Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

Nino’s will fill a need for an authentic Italian restaurant in the Baldwin Road area.  The menu will include a number reasonably priced classic dishes and includes items like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and everyone’s favorite, cannolis.  However, the biggest hit just might be their home-made pizza.

So for those of you who might be craving the tastes of Italy, you’ll want to be prepared for Nino’s Italian Grill’s grand opening, scheduled for July 27th.

An Inside Look At BorgWarner

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

Last Friday, City Council and staff members were invited to get an update on BorgWarner and tour their facility located at 3800 Automation Avenue.

We always love field trips, especially when we get to see the inner-workings of the companies who call Auburn Hills home.   We had a wonderful conversation about their commitment and vision of a clean energy-efficient world.

BorgWarner is a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.  They have recently expanded their Auburn Hills Technical Center and their World Headquarters facility in our community.

We are very proud that BorgWarner has chosen to continue to invest in Auburn Hills.

Topgolf Aiming “Fore” Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Wow!  Dallas-based Topgolf has formally submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills for approval to build a $12.5 million golf themed entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  It will be their first location in Michigan.

Photos Courtesy of Topgolf

What is Topgolf?  TopGolf stands for “Target Oriented Practice Golf.”  Think of it like bowling or darts, but for golf.  When it’s your turn, you hit a golf ball containing a personalized microchip into one of 11 targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away.  Every section of every target has a reader that detects the microchip in your golf ball.  That reader computes your score based on the accuracy and distance of the shot and then sends the score to your bay screen.  So, pencil and paper are not needed to keep score in this game.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will include approximately 3,000 square feet of private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time.  It will feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, 270 big screen TVs, and music.  The facility will be open year-round and programming will include events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

This two minute video provides an overview of the venue:

The 65,000 square foot facility is proposed on a 16 acre site located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road.  Lowe’s was originally proposed for the site in 2008, but the project did not move forward due to the recession.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, August 28th.

Topgolf anticipates starting construction soon after City Council approval with an opening to the public in Fall 2018.

Taste The Flavors Of The Mediterranean

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those looking for a new place to grab a bite to eat you’re in luck.  2941 Mediterranean Street Food, located at the corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive in the Auburn Hills Marketplace, is now open.

The wide range of food options available to customers is sure to satisfy everyone, even those with the most finicky taste buds.

For more information on the wide range of foods and flavors offered, visit them online.

2941 Mediterranean Street Food is located at 2071 N. Squirrel Road.