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.

Topgolf Auburn Hills Begins In The Fog Of Winter

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

In the dense fog, in the mud and mire, and in the nasty winter weather something special is happening in the City of Auburn Hills.

Work has begun on the much-anticipated Topgolf Auburn Hills project.  The goal is to have the $12.5 million golf-themed hospitality and entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets open by this December.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will be located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road

Significant site grading is underway and the building pad is being prepared to start structural foundations.  Construction is also moving forward for the site utilities, including storm water sewer and water main.  Crews have begun to relocate a major storm water sewer line that currently bisects the site and are creating a new outlet for the storm water detention basin.  Last week, jack/bore work was completed beneath Great Lakes Crossing Drive for a water main connection and now on-site water main lines are being installed.

Rendering of the completed Topgolf Auburn Hills facility

Stay tuned for periodic updates on this landmark project in the months ahead.

Michael Kors Makes A (Temporary) Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

A building permit application has been submitted to the Community Development Department for the renovation of the Michael Kors store in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

The extensive renovations required the temporary closure of their original location in District 2.  The store moved to a temporary new space and opened just yesterday in District 9 – right across from Art Van Furniture.

Kors is a well-known designer of men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, watches, jewelry, and accessories.

The new, temporary space is most easily accessed by parking at Entrance 1 or Entrance 8.  Happy shopping!

First & Main Construction In The Home Stretch

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Yesterday, staff from the City of Auburn Hills were invited to learn more about the first phase of the First & Main project, the new $28 million independent living, assisted living, and memory care facility at 3051 E. Walton Boulevard.   My co-worker, Shawn Keenan, and I quickly toured the first floor in search of the meeting room.  It turns out the presentation we planned to attend was being held at another building since construction at the new facility is not yet complete.  However, our accidental detour gave us the opportunity to see the interior finishes, welcoming spaces and amenities that future residents will begin to enjoy in a few months.

The building design incorporates a centrally located open-air courtyard allowing sunlight to flood into residents’ rooms, no matter the location.  When all phases are complete, the facility will house up to 156 residents.

Technology is utilized in each apartment to assist in monitoring residents’ needs and provide conveniences like automatically unlocking the resident’s door.  It opens only their door, not their neighbors’ doors – an important distinction.  Movement and room temperature are also monitored to assist care providers in learning residents’ routines, which determines the level of care required.

A calendar full of activities will be available to residents and will incorporate a little something for everyone.  Just to list a few, residents will enjoy spa/manicures, movies (complete with fresh movie theater popcorn), Tai Chi, Red Wings games, bingo, art, woodshop, trivia, trips to local restaurants, and trips to cultural and community events.

We enjoyed meeting the talented and dedicated staff of First & Main.  They’re excited to be a part of our community, and we couldn’t be more pleased that they’re here.

Winter Weather Won’t Slow INCOE

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

We’re pleased to report that construction is moving along nicely on INCOE Corporation’s new $20 million World Headquarters building at 2850 High Meadow Circle.  INCOE, a company born and raised by the Seres family, has been developing hot runner technology for the plastics industry since 1958.  The company will consolidate three of its metro Detroit area locations into this new, larger space in the Oakland Technology Park.

The steel structure is 100% complete.  Masonry on the office area of the building (currently hidden under visqueen sheeting to help keep the building toasty) is scheduled for completion by the end of next week.  Window installation will follow about five weeks later, just before the shop area will be enclosed and the floor poured.

Construction will continue through the chilly winter months as the building is slated for completion in early August.  Check back in the Spring for another peek at the progress on INCOE’s exciting new home.

Rendering of the building upon completion

The Long Journey Now Complete For Hawk Woods Circle

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

There were several residential developments in the City of Auburn Hills that felt the impact of the economic downturn of 2008, and Hawk Woods Circle Condominiums happened to be one of them.

Construction stalled in 2009 at Hawk Woods Circle with only two homes finished

Now over a decade after plans for this 15-unit open space preservation development were approved, we’re pleased to report that home building is now complete.  The single-family homes are tucked nicely into the woods, away from Bald Mountain Road, making it an ideal location for anyone who enjoys being surrounded by nature.  Those residing in this quaint neighborhood also have easy access to E. Dale Fisk Hawk Woods Nature Center, if they have a desire to submerge themselves deeper into the natural habitat.

The attractive development is now complete

Building Official Jeff Spencer oversees the inspection team at the site back in 2014

While driving through Hawk Woods Circle and looking at the outcome, we can honestly say that the long journey to completion was worth the wait.