Don’t Buy New Plants – Trade For Free!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The largest gardening event in Auburn Hills is just over one week away.  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange draws gardening enthusiasts from communities throughout the metro Detroit area.  It’s a great way to diversity your garden at no cost.

A Perennial, once planted, will come back year after year without re-planting.  The great thing about them is that they grow and spread out a little more every year so that it can be divided up and placed in different spots in the garden – or divided up and traded for different varieties at a local exchange.

The Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at River Woods Park.  The park is located on Squirrel Road, just south of M-59.  Bring the plants you wish to trade in disposable containers labeled with the type of plant it is (if known), then chat with exchange participants to strike a deal.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro,  join in the fun!  Meet your neighbors, enjoy coffee and treats and get your garden growing.  For more information about the event, please contact the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission at 248.364.6946.

Remember, as always, the early bird gets the worm!

Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union To Expand Parking

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, located at 2955 University Drive, to install additional parking behind their building that would provide much-needed room for their continued growth.  The credit union, which has been headquartered in Auburn Hills since 1992, wishes to rezone and purchase the home that is situated directly north of their property at 2025 Dexter Road to facilitate this small 30 space (net) parking lot expansion.

Colored rendering of Cornerstone’s proposed parking lot expansion

Cornerstone has worked closely with City staff to design their proposal to be visually attractive and respectful of their neighbors.  They are proposing the construction of a white vinyl screen fence and the installation of large trees and landscaping, similar to the existing buffer that is in place today, along their north and west property lines.  In addition, lighting will be designed with short poles and shielded so as to not cause a nuisance to adjacent properties, while still providing safety and security for the area.

Lastly, the parking lot will only be used during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and no vehicular access will be provided to Dexter Road, as their entrance and exit will remain on University Drive.

Aerial photo of the area

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th 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, June 26th.

Having A Cheesy Time

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

We love supporting our businesses in Downtown Auburn Hills, whether it’s grabbing lunch at the Family Table or ice cream from Twist ‘N Dip.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend my first special event at the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room located at 3384 Auburn Rd.  It was a cheese and wine pairing featuring Zingerman’s cheeses.  I love cheese and I love wine, so it was the perfect event for me.   The staff at Michigan By the Bottle were fast on their feet, making sure we enjoyed every minute of our experience.

If you haven’t been to a special event at the Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room yet, check out their website to see a full listing.  It’s good to pre-register, as nearly all events sell out early.

I’m looking forward to more events throughout the year, including Sips and Serenity which is wine and yoga on June 6th.  Hope to see you there!

Panda Express Now Open Near Meijer on Brown Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

In case you haven’t been through the area, we’re happy to report that the new Panda Express restaurant, located at 900 Brown Road, is open and doing well.  The 2,593 square foot eatery, which specializes in American-Chinese cuisine, has a convenient drive-thru facility if you’re in a hurry, and a nice outside seating area, if you’re not.

The new restaurant is situated just north of the Meijer Store within the Auburn Mile Shopping Center.   Check it out!

AM General Preparing For Move To Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Two months ago, it was announced by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board that AM General, a heavy duty military and civilian vehicle manufacturer, planned to move its engineering and advanced technology offices for prototype development to the City of Auburn Hills.

AM General is a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and support of Light Tactical Vehicles. They produce the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee®)

As part of their relocation, AM General has applied for a Special Land Use Permit to create a screened and secured outside storage area on the south side of their new home located at 1399 Pacific Drive.

Location of proposed outside storage area

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th 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, May 22nd.

The HUB Stadium Plans To Add New “Hip, Urban” Banquet Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This is just what Auburn Hills needed!

The HUB Stadium (Home of Urban Bowling) has submitted plans to expand the former Big Buck Brewery building located at 2550 Takata Drive to add a new 300-seat banquet facility designed with a cutting edge “hip, renovated urban warehouse atmosphere” in mind.

It will be called @ … as in “at the HUB.”

Rendering of the proposed 9,212 square foot building addition

The new gathering space will be unique to the marketplace as it will be designed as a cool, urban architectural alternative to the traditional banquet facility.  It will have brick walls, wood block flooring, and large wood trusses juxtaposed with refined interior finishes like crystal chandeliers and state-of-the art technology.  “@” will be a great option for business meetings, large gatherings, and weddings.

Proposed building elevation drawings

Total investment is estimated at $1.1 million.  Construction is expected to begin next month with completion taking place in November – just in time for the holiday season.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th 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, May 22nd.

Food And Fun At The H.U.B.

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

On occasion, we receive a call from a new business or employee in town looking for information about any new or interesting restaurants in the area to grab a bite to eat during lunchtime.   They’re often looking for someplace other than the standard fast food restaurant.

One of the most recent venues that opened where one can grab a bite to eat during lunch is The H.U.B. Stadium.  Well known for its Bombowling, The H.U.B. also offers a variety of lunchtime favorites including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, and brick oven pizzas, just to name a few.

Don’t forget to save room for a tasty treat because they have the best cider donuts in town and they’re made fresh daily.  They truly are delicious.

As an added bonus you can stay entertained by watching a game of Bombowling while you eat.  Even better, anyone who spends $10 or more for their lunch, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., can join in on the fun.  So if you’re looking for a good meal with a little bit of entertainment, The H.U.B. is a place worth exploring.

For more information about The H.U.B. please visit their website at www.thehubstadium.com