$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.

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.