Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development
The City of Auburn Hills has been working closely with General Development Company to help facilitate their construction of Hutchinson’s new 60,502 square foot corporate office building on property located west of Cross Creek Parkway, south of University Drive. The smooth start for the $8 million project is a testament to both the City’s intense focus on customer service and the developer’s expertise in construction.
Staff began review of the project’s site plan in late March and the City Council authorized construction on April 24th. Tree clearing began in early May and will soon be complete. Mass grading of the site is scheduled for next week and the erection of steel is anticipated to begin in August. This pace is crazy fast and efficient when benchmarked against other municipalities across the nation, which is a source of pride for both our community and Oakland County.
Auburn Hills is part of Oakland County’s One Stop Ready Program, which is a proactive initiative aimed at streamlining the development approval processes in communities throughout the County. The program was created after the Great Recession in an effort to better recruit and retain businesses, which in return brings more jobs and a stronger tax base. This project is an excellent real world example of the program in action as it kept over 200 jobs in our town.
General Development Company anticipates the building will be ready for occupancy by June 2018. We will be sure to report back with updates as construction progresses.