Auburn Hills Welcomes Sanhua Automotive

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

Last evening, I had the wonderful opportunity to officially welcome Sanhua Automotive to the City of Auburn Hills.  They recently moved their North American Technical Center to 3729 Auburn Road.

Sanhua Automotive is a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for major OEMs, and specialize in thermal management systems and new energy vehicle HVAC systems.

I had the honor of meeting President Tiger Lu, who will run the Auburn Hills facility and Chairman Zhang Daocai, founder of Sanhua.  It was truly a wonderful celebration.

Auburn Hills City Council and Staff congratulates Sanhua on their new North American Technical Center.  We look forward to working with them as they grow here in Auburn Hills.

New R&D Facility Proposed For Former Kmart Parking Lot

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by J.A.R. Development Company for approval to construct a speculative 67,000 square foot office / light industrial facility near the southeast corner of Joslyn Road and Pacific Drive.  The 5.79 acre site is situated within the former Kmart parking lot between the gas station and Inalfa Roof Systems.   J.A.R. is currently in discussions with several potential tenants for the building.

Proposed building façade – View from Pacific Drive

J.A.R. specializes in the design and development of attractive light industrial facilities.  The company has constructed a number of similar buildings in Auburn Hills over the past 20 years.  The City is excited to see this project come forward as it will be an improvement to the area by redeveloping the unsightly sea of parking.  J.A.R. plans to create a R&D facility similar to its previous transformation of the adjacent Food Town grocery store into Inalfa Roof System’s Tech Center.  The development will also provide quality landscaping to upgrade the aesthetics of the property as visible from adjacent developments.

Site Plan

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th 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, July 24th.

A Call For Nominations

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention Auburn Hills’ homeowners, business owners, residents, friends, and neighbors … the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) is now accepting nominations for the City’s 2017 Beautification Awards Program.

This year, the BAC will celebrate the 26th anniversary of this summertime tradition.  We honor individuals and companies for their dedication to creating the attractive and inviting surroundings in which we live, work and play.

Nominate yourself, your neighbor or your favorite commercial building.  Entries are due by July 10th.  For more information, contact beautification@auburnhills.org or call 248-364-6946.

Happy gardening!

Autoliv To Expand Parking To Facilitate Growth

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Swedish-based Autoliv has submitted plans to construct a parking lot expansion containing 124 new parking spaces in the rear of their North American headquarters located at 1320 Pacific Drive.  The new parking will increase the number of spaces at the site to 589.  The additional parking is needed to accommodate Autoliv’s growing business.

The new parking lot will add an access point on Taylor Road, along with additional landscaping

Autoliv is a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest automotive safety suppliers of airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels, passive safety electronics and active safety systems.  Total investment in this project is estimated at $1 million.  Construction is expected to begin this summer with completion before the end of the year.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight 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.

Creating A Vibrant Downtown

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

We are excited to announce that yesterday, Auburn Hills gained affiliate status in the Main Street Oakland County program.

Staff and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) members were on hand to celebrate this wonderful achievement.  County officials also honored 11 other Main Street Communities that met the challenging criteria for receiving national accreditation from the National Main Street Center.

Each presenter talked about the quality of life component downtowns bring to communities across Oakland County. The services offered through this program will assist Auburn Hills in enhancing and supporting our wonderful downtown.

Congratulations to all the communities recognized yesterday.

Pig Roast This Saturday

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

On Saturday, June 10th, the German-American Marksmanship Club (Deutsch-Amerikanischer Schutzenverien) at 2650 Auburn Road is holding a traditional German style pig roast (or Heimat und spanferkelfest.)  Also served will be chicken, beer, wine and spirits.

Entertainment for listening and dancing will be provided by The Rheinlander.  The park opens at 5:00 p.m. and the public is welcome as well as members and guests.  Admission is $3.00 at the gate.

Throw on your lederhosen and come on down for some traditional German eats, drinks and fun.  Prozit!

Valeo Thermal Systems Proposes New Test Track

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Valeo North America Inc. has submitted plans to the City to construct a 1,236 foot long high-speed test track, low-speed surface testing area, and ancillary building adjacent to their existing 120,000 research and development facility located at 4100 N. Atlantic Boulevard.  The site is home to their Thermal Systems Business Group North American Headquarters.

Proposed test track complex

The company is a subsidiary of Paris-based Valeo SA, an automotive technology supplier.  The Thermal Systems Business Group develops and manufactures systems, modules and components to ensure thermal energy management of the powertrain and comfort for each passenger during all phases of vehicle use.  These systems help to significantly reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and other pollutants and harmful particles from vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines.  The company also works to increase travel range and battery life for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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.