Jeff Fraser Joins Our Team As New Building Inspector

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City of Auburn Hills has a new Building Inspector.  His name is Jeff Fraser.

Building Official Jeff Spencer (left), Inspector Jeff Fraser (center), and Inspector Rick Oberlin (right)

Jeff is a State-licensed Building Inspector that has been involved with construction full-time for 18 years.  He has been a business owner and has extensive experience with home remodeling and property preservation.

He joins Building Official Jeff Spencer and Building Inspector Rick Oberlin in the enforcement of the codes and ordinances that regulate the protection of the public health, safety, and general welfare as it relates to the built environment and the maintenance of existing structures within our community.

Welcome Jeff!

Steel Going Up For Hutchinson’s HQ Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

As an update, construction on Hutchinson’s new 60,502 square foot corporate headquarters is moving along on schedule.  The $8 million development is located on property west of Cross Creek Parkway, south of University Drive.  Hutchinson will lease the facility from General Development Company upon completion.

View of the building under construction

Rendering of the finished building

The project was approved by the City Council in late April, mass grading began in May, and now the steel frame of the building is being erected.  The facility is anticipated to be complete and ready for occupancy by June 2018.

Construction Continues On Mosaic Of Auburn Hills

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction on the Mosaic of Auburn Hills luxury apartment development, located at the corner of Baldwin Road and Collier Road, is moving full-steam-ahead.

With the first apartment building fully leased and occupied, the second follows closely.  Located just off Baldwin Road, the second building (outlined in purple above – and shown below) is almost fully leased and targeted for occupancy before the end of September.

Framing is complete on the building that lines Collier Road (outlined in red) – the third building in the construction line-up.  Installation of roof shingles will begin soon followed by brick work.

Just across the site (outlined in blue), the basements are in, and framing will begin within the next few weeks.

For more information on this development and future leasing opportunities visit

Summit Place Kia Of Auburn Hills Takes Shape

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City’s first new automobile dealership, Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills, is progressing at a steady pace.  The building’s shell is complete, and work continues on all the interior components of the 25,749 square foot building, located on the southeast corner of Lapeer Road and Interpark Drive.

Work will soon begin on laying down the asphalt for the parking lot and vehicle display area followed by the installation of the dealership’s landscape that should provide a pleasant visual appearance along Lapeer Road.

Landscape Plan for Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills

We look forward to their grand opening, anticipated later this year.

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.

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.

“If You Build It, The Corporate Headquarters Will Come”

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Well, it’s not quite like the iconic baseball movie Field of Dreams … it’s not a cornfield in Iowa, but the land here in the City of Auburn Hills maybe just as fertile.

The parking lot has been set and building foundations have been staked

Construction is underway on a new 137,560 square foot speculative industrial facility located directly across from Continental Automotive Systems.  The 9.28 acre parcel is situated east of Continental Drive, between Harmon Road and N. Atlantic Boulevard.

Rendering of the proposed building

Site Plan

Magnum Industrial Building Company decided to begin the $9 million project without a signed tenant due to the strength of the industrial market in Auburn Hills.  The building shell and parking lot are expected to be complete before the end of the year.

Based on the history of our community, there’s no doubt that a new corporate headquarters “will come” once built.