Martinrea Is Sliding Right Along

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

We met with the team from Martinrea today to put the finishing touches on their upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This meeting included a tour of their facility located at 2100 N. Opdyke Road, which opened back in December.

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, our companies do so many cool things.  I have to say, today’s visit made my top five cool things about Auburn Hills’ companies.

Martinrea has a slide from the second floor to the first floor of the building for their employees to use.  Yes … an actual slide, like on a playground!  I’m told many employees use the slide as it ends right near their lunch room.  Of course, we got to try it out.

We’re thrilled to have Martinrea’s new 108,000 square foot technical center in the City of Auburn Hills, and we look forward to their ribbon cutting ceremony in May.

Five Points Apartments Close To The Finish Line

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Beztak Construction is heading into the final months of work on the Five Points Apartments development.  The property, located on the east side of Five Points Drive between Squirrel Road and University Drive, provides a close and convenient walk to restaurants, retail and Oakland University for the new tenants now living in one of the three completed apartment buildings.

Building “D” on the southern-most end of the site will be complete within the next two weeks, while buildings “E” and “F” are taking shape.

Siding installed on Building “E” today

The Clubhouse, located in the center of the development, is now open and operating and the plan is to have the pool open and ready for use by Memorial Day.  Full project completion is targeted for the end of June.  We wish the workers warmer weather in the days ahead.

The Mahindra ROXOR Makes Its Debut In Auburn Hills

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

City officials were on hand last Friday as Mahindra Automotive North America rolled out its newest off-road only vehicle, the ROXOR.

(From left to right) City Manager Tanghe, Mayor McDaniel, Mayor Pro-Tem Burmeister, and Councilman Moniz

The manufacturing of the Mahindra ROXOR is a hybrid process, with some assembly taking place in India before being finished in the City of Auburn Hills.  The vehicle is being built at 275 Rex Boulevard, which is the first new auto plant to open in the region in nearly 25 years.

The ROXOR features a stamp-steel body, a 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine and retails for a little over $15,000

We’re so grateful that Mahindra Automotive North American chose Auburn Hills to call home.  We wish them the best as they continue to innovate and grow!

City Council Approves $17 Million In New Projects

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that last night the City Council approved the following development projects:

Matrix Engineered Systems – 14,350 square foot corporate headquarters and technical center on a 3.4 acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Taylor Road and Giddings Road, adjacent to the Fieldstone Golf Club.

Matrix Engineered Systems

Sumerlyn Site Condominiums – 36-unit detached condominium development proposed by Pulte Homes on a 12.11 acre site located south of Bald Mountain Road, east of the Auburn Hills Church of Christ.

Sumerlyn Site Condominiums

Midwest Innovation Lofts (The MiL) – four-story, 25,243 square foot mixed-use building on a 0.16 acre parcel located at the southeast corner of S. Squirrel Road and Auburn Road.

Midwest Innovation Lofts (The MiL)

Riverside Townes Condominiums – 14 townhouse units proposed by Robertson Brothers Homes on a 1.08 acre site located at 3321 Squirrel Court, which is situated just east of Riverside Park.

Riverside Townes Condominiums

All four projects are anticipated to begin construction this year.

Blaze Pizza Now Open!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The dough is fresh, the toppings are abundant, the ovens ablaze, and the pizzasmiths have mastered their craft.  That can only mean one thing, the eagerly awaited Blaze Pizza is now open and ready to make you a customized pizza.

This new pizzeria, located at 2065 N Squirrel Road, is well-known for making pizzas with a perfect crispy crust in less than four minutes.  Yes, that’s right … in less than four minutes, which means it’s an excellent place to grab a quick bite to eat if you’re short on time.

If you haven’t been to a Blaze Pizza be prepared to make a few decisions.  You’ll first have to select what type of crust you want, thin, high-rise, or gluten-free. Next, you’ll need to choose your toppings, which includes your choice of 10 sauces, seven kinds of cheese, seven types of meat, and 17 veggies.  And get this, you can have as many toppings as you want all for one price.  Once that’s finished the pizzasmith will cook your pizza to perfection.  So there you have it, your very own customized artesian pizza made fresh and fast.

Blaze Pizza also offers salads and desserts, including s’mores cookies, and an assortment of beverages like their very own Blood Orange Lemonade which is very tasty and refreshing and always a big hit with their customers.

Are you hungry yet?

FYI – As a special treat, Blaze Pizza Auburn Hills will be serving free pizzas all day on Tuesday, February 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information about Blaze Pizza, click here to view their website.

Five Things That Make Auburn Hills “Smart”

Posted by – Sam Seimer, Director of Authorities

We already know that Auburn Hills is a “Smart City” – given the large population of students pursuing higher education and the numerous high-tech employees working at businesses within its municipal boundaries.  Nonetheless, Auburn Hills is becoming an even smarter City with improved technologies.

A “Smart City” uses data and integrates information to allow it to interact with the community, its infrastructure, and monitor what is happening in the City and how it is evolving.  Smart and connected communities address preservation, revitalization, livability, sustainability, and public safety.  Technology integration leads to a number of benefits, including enhanced connectivity, and improved living conditions.

Five ways Auburn Hills is “smart” are the following:

Primary Street Public Parking Structure: The parking structure in Downtown behind the Auburn Square Apartments is open and available to the public, and it’s smart!  The lights in the structure sense when people or cars are traveling throughout.  The lights only illuminate if they detect movement. This initiative conserves energy and keeps people safe in the structure.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Recently, the City replaced its outdated electric vehicle charging stations for newer Chargepoint models.  Chargepoint operates the largest and most open electric vehicle charging network.  They have an application that allows you to track your vehicle’s charge, or see where open parking spaces are around town.  The stations have 24/7 driver support and work right from an app on your smartphone.  These stations are helping with parking and transportation all over Auburn Hills.

The Singing Street Lights:  If you haven’t been Downtown in a while, check out the great feature our streetlights have.  All of the streetlights Downtown are equipped with a speaker that plays music.  It creates a great ambiance.  These lights are part of a larger digital infrastructure that controls energy management, security, and outdoor media.  The speaker system can play music for any occasion, as well as make announcements about severe weather, or the times for our Downtown concert series.

Irrigation Systems:  Environmental monitoring is an important part of a smart and sustainable community.  Auburn Hills has an irrigation system in place for its properties that monitors the moisture in the ground.  The system is only activated when necessary, allowing for the greatest efficiency of both its water resources and tax dollars.

Downtown WiFi:  If you are walking around outside in Downtown, check your phone’s network.  Instead of draining your data by staying connected to 4G or LTE, you can access your favorite apps and sites using the Free Downtown WiFi.  We know how important it is for our residents and visitors to always be connected, so we help them achieve that goal!

Soon we will begin to see technologies around the community emerge for connected cars, autonomous vehicles, and an even greater focus on community mobility for everyone.  People have more power and technology at the tips of their fingers than ever before.  Our City will need to continue to adapt to the needs of its residents and new technology.

Auburn Hills is off to a great start with connected technologies and its staff is working hard to meet the needs of the public by always providing efficient and fiscally responsible services to its citizens.

Is It Spring Yet?

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The unseasonably warm weather this week gave southeast Michigan a little taste of Spring.  It’s a good reminder that it won’t be long before we begin prepping our lawns, gardens and outdoor areas for fun in the sun.

It seems fitting that last night the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) started planning their programs and events for 2018, the first of which is the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange, which will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 11am.

The BAC is excited to announce that the exchange will be held in a new location this year at the Auburn Hills Community Center on the City’s municipal campus.  Mark your calendars for this springtime tradition which has been going strong for over 25 years.   Check back for event details as the weather gets warmer and Think Spring!