Over 1,000 New Employees Proposed For The Delphi Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by Tarik Dinha and Sal Delisi to construct 562 new parking spaces at 3000 University Drive to accommodate an anticipated 1,100 additional workers at the multi-tenant building.

This 27-year old facility was once wholly occupied by Delphi

The 4-story, 487,797 square foot office and technical center is currently occupied by Brose and Delphi’s Michigan Customer Technology Center.  Two new unnamed companies are expected to move into the building’s remaining space over the next three to six months.  It’s estimated that between 1,500-1,600 people will occupy the building once all the companies settle in.  After the parking expansion is complete, the site will have 1,693 parking spaces to accommodate all the employees, visitors, and future growth.

Exhibit showing new parking areas at the site

Site Plan

The new investment in the parking expansion and tenant space renovations is estimated by the owners to exceed $6 million.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th 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, October 23rd.

Discover Dimitri’s Opa! Restaurant In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We’re pleased to announce that today is the grand opening of Dimitri’s Opa! Restaurant and Bar in Downtown Auburn Hills at 3315 Auburn Road.  This new restaurant is located at the northeast corner of Auburn Road and Squirrel Court, in the building Parkside Tavern once occupied.  The interior has been freshened up to provide a pleasant dining experience while the 60-foot, wrap-around bar and two fireplaces remain in place.

Demitri’s Opa! is located at 3315 Auburn Road in Downtown Auburn Hills

Their menu offers a wide range of foods, but guests will most likely be interested in their authentic Greek dishes including chicken, beef, pork and lamb kabobs, stuffed grape leaves, and everyone’s favorite gyros.   And don’t be surprised if you hear some shout out “Opa!” because yes they have the ever-popular flaming cheese on the menu.

If you’re not interested in Greek food, no need to worry, Dimitri’s has you covered. Their menu includes a variety of salads, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pitas, and seafood.  For those with a more hearty appetite, they offer prime rib, steaks, chops, and St. Louis style spare ribs.  They also have a kids menu for youngsters with a smaller appetite.

So don’t wait – discover Dimitri’s today with a little bit of OPA!

The Future Of Automation Is At ABB

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

I had a fascinating morning yesterday with our Mayor and City Manager – it was ABB’s Innovation and Technology Day.  ABB is a leader in industrial automation and recently sold the first robot manufactured in the United States.

The morning was filled with updates about ABB’s investment in new technologies that will allow them to serve their customers more efficiently.  I’ll admit, it was all a little over my head, especially the “intercloud” discussion.

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel with ABB President of the Americas Region, Greg Scheu

We then toured the facility where staff showcased technology that was unique to ABB.  We saw a lot of really interesting robots, but two that stood out were the robots that can make shoes in under three minutes and the UMI robot that made my espresso.

Espresso making robot

We are very proud that ABB has called Auburn Hills home for nearly 25 years.  We wish them continued success!

Start Your Morning Right At Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

There’s a brand new coffee house in Auburn Hills called Gloria Jean’s Coffees.  Some folks might be familiar with their existing café located in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, but this new establishment can be found in the Auburn Square Shopping Plaza at the northeast corner of N. Squirrel Road and Walton Boulevard.

Gloria Jean’s offers a wide array coffee blends and flavors to satisfy your taste buds.   If coffee isn’t your preferred drink of choice, their menu includes an assortment of other flavorful beverages to quench your thirst including chillers, ice coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, tea, hot chocolate, and pop.

While you’re waiting for the barista to make your special drink, you might also want to take a peek at their display case that’s filled with fresh pastries and baked goods.  This new location offers free Wi Fi and plenty of space for you and your friends to enjoy your drinks while sharing stories.

LEGOLAND Combines Learning And Legos

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

School bells are ringing all across Michigan today, welcoming our students back into classrooms for another year of instruction, growth, and discovery.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets – one of our favorite local attractions – has designed educational workshops utilizing LEGOS, and the kids love it!  The program started last year and is making a return this fall.

Workshops will target pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students and incorporate age-appropriate math and engineering concepts, and language skills into playtime.  These workshops are perfect for school field trips, clubs and play dates.

Maybe back-to-school is the most wonderful time of the year!  Keep an eye out for workshop information at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan.

Hole-In-One! … Plans For Topgolf Auburn Hills Approved

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Well, it feels like the City of Auburn Hills just hit a hole-in-one to win The Masters.

After about a year of recruitment and months of site design, the City Council unanimously approved Topgolf’s application last night to build a $12.5 million golf-themed hospitality and entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  Topgolf anticipates the facility will be open by Fall 2018.

For more information about the project, check out our previous blog posts below:

Wooden Shoes And Windmills

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

Last week, nearly 200 professionals in the economic development profession gathered in Holland, Michigan.  The theme for this year’s Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) annual meeting was “Connect”.  It was all about connecting people, ideas, and solutions.

A Session on Michigan’s Defense Industry

The sessions were timely and designed to help prepare local economic developers to learn first-hand how others are using innovative solutions to connect.

Sessions ranged from The Future of a Driverless Society to Building Tomorrow’s Talent through Meaningful Engagement and everything in between.  These fast-paced sessions covered all the top priorities in economic development.  We even got to hear from Jeff Mason, President, and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to get a bigger picture of how the state is doing and what lies ahead.

This location also gave us the opportunity to explore Downtown Holland and nearby areas.  It’s been years since I had been to Holland, so it was an ideal location to get fresh perspectives and strategies that are helping to make local communities thrive.

Holland was the perfect spot to reconnect with colleagues in the industry while focusing on the importance of collaboration and how we can work together to strengthen the Michigan economy.