Property On Harmon Road To Be Prepared For Development

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by JB Donaldson Company to the City of Auburn Hills for mass grading and tree removal permit approval.  The company wishes to prepare a useable industrial building pad on a 10.49-acre site that is located at the northeast corner of Pinnacle Court and Harmon Road.

Aerial photo of the site

The company anticipates starting the land balancing project upon City approval and completing the operation by the end of September.  It is estimated that 36,000 cubic yards of material will be moved on-site.  They do not anticipate the need to bring off-site fill to the property to level the site.

JB Donaldson Company has constructed several buildings in Auburn Hills over the years, with the most recent being the Kia Dealership in the Dutton Corporate Centre.  They are currently building a 14,350 square foot corporate headquarters and technical center for Matrix Engineered Systems at 1850 Taylor Road and a 125,000 square foot corporate office and technical center for Esys Automation at 1000 Brown Road.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, July 23rd.

10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off Championship

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills held its 10th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 22nd and 23rd.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Thirty teams competed in this year’s cook-off that included one team from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, four teams from Ohio and one team from Georgia.  Each team competed in four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for the chance win the coveted Grand Championship title.

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion’s iBQ’, from Rockford, Michigan. They will get a chance to participate in two of the largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Grand Champion

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

Overall Rankings

  1. iBQ’ (Grand Champion)
  2. Bavarian Smoke BBQ (Reserve Champion)
  4. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  5. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ

1st Place Chicken


  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Bo-B-Q BBQ
  4. .40 Caliber BBQ
  5. Sweet Racks and Smokin’ Butts BBQ

First Place Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs

  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  3. Bad Wolf BBQ
  4. iBQ’
  5. .40 Caliber BBQ

1st Place Pork


  1. iBQ’
  3. Bad Habit BBQ
  4. PB & J’s BBQ
  5. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ

1st Place Brisket


  1. J & B’s BBQ
  2. Two Crackers Q-ing
  3. iBQ’
  4. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ
  5. Aww Hell

For more information about the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) or how to become a certified BBQ Judge, please visit KCBS website at

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS – Sonesta ES Suites, DTE Energy, Meijer, Duffy’s Pub, Family Table, Dimitri’s Opa Restaurant, Genisys Credit Union, Noon Optimist Club, Auburn Hills DDA, Power Home Remodeling, Night Nature Alliance, Go Ape!, The River Church, Rainbow Childcare Center and Little Caesars.

First & Main Officially Welcomed to Auburn Hills

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

Last night, we celebrated the grand opening of First & Main.  This assisted living and memory care facility is the perfect complement to our community.  In addition to being beautifully designed, First & Main gives residents the care and respect they need and deserve.

The grand opening celebration was held in First & Main’s “City Hall” meeting room

About six years ago, Auburn Hills began engaging in Age-Friendly planning initiatives.  As part of the age-friendly planning process, one of the areas of focus was housing. We worked with developers and builders to ensure that as people age, finding suitable housing in Auburn Hills would not be a difficult task.

Left to right – First & Main Chairman & CEO, Gary Granger with Executive Director, Deborah Skotak and Cheryl Verbeke, Auburn Hills City Council member

First and Main fulfills this area of focus in our community.  The facility is designed to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.  First & Main’s unique design captures the energy and convenience of a town center, with places to eat, shop, and enjoy life with friends.

Raising the Flag at the Grand Opening celebration

We toured the facility and met some of the residents who already call First & Main home.  We wish First & Main much success in the years to come!

City Council Takes Action On Development Proposals

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

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

Oakland Technology Park – I-75 Signs:  Request by General Development Company to allow the installation of three new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park.  The first of the three new signs will be installed by Hirotec America later this summer.

Rendering of how the massing and spacing of the signs will look along I-75 from a driver’s perspective

Rochester Soccer Club Rezoning:  Request by the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to rezone their 29.4 acre property located at 3200 Dutton Road from R-1A, One-Family Residential District to T&R, Technology and Research District.  The rezoning will provide the club with options when making a decision in the future to either expand their existing soccer complex or move their operations to a new location.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

Plans Withdrawn For Concrete Crushing Operation At 415 Collier

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to update the general public that Bedient Construction has withdrawn their request for approval to operate a concrete and aggregate crushing/recycling facility at 415 Collier Road.  Thus, the project will not move forward.

The proposal failed to obtain a recommendation to the City Council for approval from the Planning Commission on June 13th.

Property viewed from Collier Road

Bedient Construction Proposes To Expand Business At 415 Collier Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by CMP Enterprises to the City of Auburn Hills to permit a concrete and aggregate crushing/recycling operation, along with top soil and sand processing at 415 Collier Road.  A similar business received approval from the City Council to operate at the site over a decade ago.

Site Location

CMP Enterprises is a third generation business owned by Mark, Paul, and Jeff Bedient.  They currently operate an excavation and grading company called Bedient Construction, which is located at 2573 Leach Road in Rochester Hills.  They are a licensed, insured, and bonded grading and excavating contractor.

The company intends to use the property at 415 Collier Road for screening sand and topsoil and crushing concrete and aggregate to complement their existing business (click here to review additional information).

Site Plan

To be a good neighbor, CMP Enterprises has worked with the City on their site plan for the property.  They have agreed to the City’s hours of operation requirements (Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or sunrise to sunset, whichever is less.  No activity will be permitted on Sundays and legal holidays), dust control provisions, and truck weight limitations.  Composting is not proposed as part of the project, nor is it permitted at the site.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, June 25th.

Background on the site:  415 Collier Road is a 15.3-acre site that is zoned I-3, Heavy Industrial district.  A steel drum recycling facility called Great Lakes Container Corporation had operated at the site from approximately 1950 to the late 1980’s.  Past operations at the site involved refurbishing, reconditioning and salvaging 55-gallon steel drums used by industry for the shipping of oil, paint, and petrochemicals; which resulted in the contamination of soil, sediment, and groundwater at the site.  The site was cleaned-up in 2001/2002 to meet industrial standards via oversight by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

Front Page of the Oakland Press – October 20, 1985

In October 2006, the City Council granted Michigan Crushing and Recycling approval to operate a concrete and aggregate crushing and recycling operation, with retail landscaping material sales.  That business operated for approximately one year before closing.  In May 2008, another party illegally opened a compost facility at the site.  After attempts to bring the operation into compliance, the City Council took action to close the facility in March 2009.  Other than the removal of compost from the property, the site has remained inactive since that time.

Sharing The Secrets To Our Success

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

Why “do business” in Auburn Hills?  We answered that question in our presentation to the REAL Professionals-Detroit Mastermind Group on Tuesday afternoon.

REAL Professionals Network (RPN) is a one-of-a-kind private network of real estate and development professionals that are transforming the way industry does business.  By leveraging the collective experience and relationships of their members, RPN helps strengthen market knowledge and new business pipelines.

The group invited us in to discuss what makes Auburn Hills such a business-friendly community.  We talked about everything from booming residential development to our tax abatement policy.  We explained why Auburn Hills continues to remain competitive on the global stage when it comes to new investment.

We love telling our story and are proud of the way our leadership continues to support our long-term strategy of economic development.