Nike Is On The Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Commuity Development Executive Assistant

Nike Factory Store is planning to move to a new location in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets early this Summer.  Construction is already underway in their new space, which is located in District 9, just north of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

This new location will provide increased square footage for the retailer. The grand opening is scheduled for June 2017.

Current location in District 1 will be open until June

Check out the new Nike Factory Store this summer.

Stadium Party Store To Add Gas Station

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Stadium Party Store has submitted an application to the City of Auburn Hills to expand its operations with a proposed addition of a six-pump gas station.

Plans call for the demolition of the former Lucas Coney Island Restaurant, located at 2008 N. Opdyke Road, to make room for the gas pumps and canopy structure.  Lucas has been closed since August 12, 2016 due to a fire that caused extensive smoke damage to the building.

Landscpae plan for proposed development

For those who enjoyed eating at Lucas, there’s no need to worry – they’re not going far.  The restaurant plans to move to the shopping center right next door.

In addition to drawing more traffic to both Stadium Party Store and the shopping center, the redevelopment of the site will provide better visibility of each business for passing motorists.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2017 with expected completion in July 2017.  The overall investment is estimated at $400,000.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th 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, March 27th.

Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens Tomorrow

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Yesterday, some lucky locals were invited to a pre-opening of the new Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Auburn Hills Marketplace development.  While I missed out on that sneak peek, I heard rave reviews about those subs all afternoon.

They are located on the corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive, right next to Starbucks.  Check out this new eat spot for yourself – they officially open tomorrow.

We welcome Jersey Mike’s to Auburn Hills and wish them much success!

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.


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.


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.

Another Swearing-In

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, another type of swearing-in took place in the Auburn Hills City Clerk’s office.  Deputy City Clerk Laura Pierce gave the oath to Rick Oberlin and Howard Wager, both Building Inspectors and to Jack Skinner, our new Code Enforcement Officer.

Wager (left), Oberlin (center), and Skinner (right)

Wager (left), Oberlin (center), and Skinner (right)

The oath allows these gentlemen to legally represent the City of Auburn Hills through court testimony and the writing of municipal civil infractions, when necessary.

Congratulations to the three of them.

New Panda Express Construction Update

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Construction continues on the new 2,593 sq. ft. Panda Express restaurant on Brown Road, located in the northeast corner of the Meijer parking lot.


Work on exterior finishes is underway and soon will be noticeable to passers-by.  Site work is approximately 80% complete.  Inside the building, drywall work is starting before the equipment delivery arrives.


We are looking forward to the restaurant opening, tentatively scheduled for the end of February.

Construction Begins On Aqua-Tots Swim School

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Demolition and construction are underway on the new Aqua-Tots Swim School, located in the former Applebee’s restaurant at 750 Brown Road.


Visible from I-75 just north of Joslyn Road, the building’s south wall has been demolished and underground site work has begun.  Footings will follow in preparation for the new walls and roof for the 2,700 sq. ft. addition.


Within the next few months, the building will be closed up and work will move inside on the interior renovation. Project completion is expected in early June.