We’re Looking For Auburn Hills Residents With Building Construction Experience To Serve

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

If you work or are retired with experience in building construction … we need you!

Michigan Law requires every community that enforces the State Construction Code to have a Construction Board of Appeals (CBA).  The law also requires the members of the CBA to be qualified with experience or training in the field of construction and codes.  The members of the CBA are appointed by Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council, and hear appeals from the decisions of the Building Official.

Although not required by law, we’re especially interested in finding one or more Auburn Hills residents that are licensed in the building trades (electrical, mechanical, or plumbing), building construction, general contracting, or architecture to serve on this Board.

Don’t worry!  Serving on this Board would not be a demanding time commitment.  The CBA meets on an as-needed basis.  The group last gathered for a hearing in 2004.

If you’re interested in serving as a volunteer in this capacity, please e-mail your credentials to scohen@auburnhills.org.

The Reserves … N. Squirrel Road Condominium Project Taking Shape

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

There has been a great deal of building construction in the City of Auburn Hills, especially in one of our community’s newest residential developments called the Reserves of Auburn Hills.  Over a relatively short period of time five, four-unit condominiums have been erected on the site allowing plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other trades to begin work on the building interiors, which can be customized to fit the purchaser’s own personal style.

The 65 attached-unit condominium development, located just south of Shimmons Circle, is perfect for those looking for low maintenance living in homes with nine-foot ceilings, hard wood floors and gourmet kitchens.  Units range in size from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet and offer both ranch and split level floor plans with prices starting around $300,000.

Residents will find tree-lined sidewalks leading to the City’s pathway system that is enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  The new neighborhood is expected to be highly desirable as it is conveniently located near employment opportunities, shopping, and other amenities such as Oakland University, Meadow Brook Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, and the Auburn Hills Community Center and Library.

Rendering of the site plan for the Reserves of Auburn Hills

For more information about this development visit their website at http://reservesofauburnhills.com.

Construction Begins On New Mobile Gas Station and Convenience Store

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’ve been by the corner of Opdyke Road and Featherstone Road, you may have noticed that something is missing – the Mobil gas station.  The old gas station has been demolished to make room for a new, modern ten-pump Mobil gas station/convenience store.

The new 4,000 sq. ft. building will provide residents, employees, and travelers in the area with another option to quickly purchase gas, food, snacks, beverages, and other merchandise.

Rendering of the proposed building and caonpy looking north from Featherstone Road

The much-anticipated grand opening should take place sometime this fall.  This development will go a long way in improving the aesthetics of the Opdyke Road Corridor.

New Building For Esys Automation Takes Shape

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

We are happy to report that construction is progressing on the new 125,000 square foot facility for Esys Automation, a company headquartered right here in Auburn Hills.  Esys Automation operates globally and is a leading, full-service automation solutions provider to the automotive industry.

East face of building / future office area

The project, located at 1000 Brown Road just east of Joslyn Road, began early this spring.  The steel is set, and the roof, currently being installed over the 40,000 square feet of planned office area, will be complete by Friday.  Concrete flooring will be poured late this week and early next week.

West face of building / future warehouse and shop area

Completion is slated for the end of October when this building will serve to consolidate their operations from two other existing buildings in Auburn Hills.  Check back for updates as construction progresses.

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.