EV Maker Tesla Installs “Superchargers” At Meijer

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Tesla, one of the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturers, selected the Meijer at 800 Brown Road to be a part of their nation-wide network of charging locations by installing eight plug-in electric vehicle “superchargers” in their parking lot.

The charging stations are located in the parking lot south of the Meijer gas station

Over the past few years, Tesla has been installing supercharger stations along well-traveled routes, like the I-75 corridor that runs through Auburn Hills.  They select locations such as Meijer because the store is open 24-hours a day, is a WiFi hotspot, and is located near restaurants and retail stores.  Thus, the site provides folks with many ways to occupy the 30 minutes it takes to fully charge their car, like grabbing a bite to eat or doing a little shopping.

Tesla’s goal coincides with the City’s ongoing actions and efforts to be a Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ready Community and helps eliminate the “range anxiety” many electric vehicle owners experience today.  The City thanks Tesla for selecting Auburn Hills as one of their new supercharger station locations.  We look forward to seeing people charging their cars right here in our community.

$5.1 Million Expansion Underway At Fischer Automotive Systems

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

We’re always pleased to see a business re-invest in their existing facility, just as Fischer Automotive Systems is doing right now at 1084 Doris Road.  The new addition will join their two existing buildings into one 104,151 square foot building that is large enough to accommodate the company’s future growth.

Once the framing is complete, the exterior walls will be built to enclose the building and create a more secure environment for concrete floors to be poured.

The project was approved for construction by the City Council last September.  The facility is expected to be complete by year’s end.

Rockin’ Cupcakes Is Now Open In Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Rockin’ Cupcakes is making a name for itself by offering their customers 30 different kinds of gourmet cupcakes that are made fresh daily, and now they’ve found a home in the City of Auburn Hills.

Located between Districts 3 and 4, at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Rockin’ Cupcakes is always happy to provide you with an assortment of custom-made cupcakes for that special event.  The cupcakes that continue to hit the top of the charts include Free Fallin (salted caramel), Little Red Corvette (red velvet), and The Doughboys (chocolate chip).  However, there’s a good chance that Paint it Black (chocolate filled ganache) and Rolling Stone (chocolate bumpy style) will be moving up the charts soon.

So the next time you’re in need of a special dessert that will rock the house, take a spin to Rockin’ Cupcakes as they’re sure to help make your party feel like its 1999.

For more information about Rockin’ Cupcakes, and their gluten-free and vegan cupcakes, please visit their website here.

$20 Million INCOE Corporation Facility Cementing Into Place

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re happy to update folks that construction on the new $20 million corporate headquarters facility for INCOE Corporation in the Oakland Technology Park is progressing very nicely.

The mammoth building is located on the south side of High Meadow Circle, adjacent to Faurecia.

The builder, General Development Company, anticipates beginning the cement pour of the shop floor for the 135,000 square foot building this week.  Contractors have also begun hanging drywall on the 2nd floor.

Photo of the spacious shop area today with the dirt floor. Cement trucks begin rolling in on Wednesday!

The goal is to move INCOE into their new facility by August.

Topgolf Auburn Hills Project Takes Off

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction of the much-anticipated Topgolf facility in Auburn Hills is well underway.   A walk of the site and structure this morning showed incredible progress in the past month.

Concrete floors on the upper levels of the building will be poured tomorrow and electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors will begin work this week.

On the site, workers will begin to set bases for large net poles.  Nets will be hung from 120’ poles (some buried up to 30’ in the ground) to skirt the northern portion of the site in front of I-75.  Delivery of the poles is scheduled for this Friday so commuters will soon get a first-hand look at construction as it happens.  But just a quick look – all eyes on the road!

A rendeing of the netting structure

Within the next month, the net poles, concrete, parking lots and framing will be complete.  Check back for updates on this exciting project.

A birds-eye view of construction progress within a one-month time frame.

 

New Pontiac Road Industrial Buildings Fill A Growing Need

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’ve traveled the section of Pontiac Road just west of Opdyke in the past two years, you would have noticed five new industrial buildings under construction on the north side of the road.  The development is called Pontiac Road Industrial North and most recently it involved the construction two 8,000 sq. ft. and one 10,000 sq. ft. light industrial buildings.  Each building was designed to accommodate two businesses.

Well, we’re pleased to announce that the project was completed on time and that all five buildings are filled with new businesses that now call Auburn Hills their home.

The City is glad to see that Pontiac Road Industrial North was able to provide the much needed space for small and start-up businesses in our community – a key component to a growing and healthy economy.

Saber Building Services Project Under Construction On Joslyn

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It seems like everywhere you look there are bulldozers, cranes, and crews operating in the City of Auburn Hills right now.  This growth and investment is promising and great to see, especially after the lean years of the Great Recession, as it creates jobs and strengthens the economic health of our community.

Those who travel Joslyn Road probably have seen construction that is underway on property located on the west side of the road, between Pacific Boulevard and Taylor Road.  The pad for Saber Building Services is currently being leveled and prepared.  It is the first of two, 12,000 square foot light industrial buildings that were approved for the site by the City Council on August 28, 2017.

The total investment for the overall project is estimated at $1.7 million

Saber Building Services offers a wide variety of cleaning services to businesses across Southeast Michigan, including janitorial, construction clean-up, window cleaning, and supplies.

Rendering of the building

The project is expected to be complete by late summer.  It is one of many excellent developments scheduled to open this year.