Want Farm To Table Produce? Think Farm Boy

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Not many communities have an open-air market, that’s open seven days a week, where you can buy freshly picked produce grown on a local farm.  But, we’ve got one!

Farm Boy Produce has a long history of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those who live and work in the area from their stand in Downtown Auburn Hills.  This year is no different.  Their tables and bins are now stocked full of fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, peaches, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, eggplants, and more.

Farm Boy Produce is located at 3157 Auburn Road and open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  You can’t miss it, just look for the big yellow tent located on the north side of Auburn Road, just west of S. Squirrel Road.  Enjoy!

Understanding Your Brain Better

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

Last week, we celebrated the opening of Brain Life Center with owners David Sanders and Julie Lamphier and their incredible staff.

Brain Life Center offers patients a non-invasive method for facilitating greater balance and harmony in the brain.   They are able to help people of all ages overcome cognitive, emotional and physical challenges in their lives.

It was wonderful to see their facility in order to gain a better understanding of the technology they use to optimize the brain’s activity.  This technology passively supports the brain to self-regulate back to its healthy state.

Brain Life Center is located at 3252 University Drive in Suite #165.  We wish them much success in Auburn Hills!

Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks Coming to Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

There’s a new restaurant coming to Auburn Hills, and it’s bringing the taste of South Philly with it.

Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks is a new casual restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic style cheesesteaks like the ones you would find in the cheesesteak capital of the world – Philadelphia.   Hungry customers will select from a menu that includes nine different styles of freshly made cheesesteak sandwiches, served on a traditional Italian bun.  If you’re not craving cheesesteak (made with thinly sliced ribeye steak), they also offer loose burgers, chicken, and vegetarian sandwiches.

Ziggy’s will be joining Dunkin’ Donuts in the Auburn Crossing Shopping Plaza located on the north side of University Drive just east of I-75.

We look forward to their grand opening that should take place sometime in October.

Robotics Giant FANUC America To Invest $51 Million In Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This past Monday night, the City Council approved plans from General Development Company to construct a 461,525 square foot light industrial facility for FANUC America Corporation on a 24.34 acre site located on the south and east side of West Entrance Drive.  The total investment is estimated at $51 million.

Rendering of the new FANUC America Corporation facility in Auburn Hills

FANUC America Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of industrial robots.  The company also produces software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of robotic systems. The company’s name is an acronym for Fuji Automatic NUmerical Control.  FANUC’s global headquarters is located at the base of Mount Fuji, which is about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japan.

The new high-tech industrial facility on West Entrance Drive will primarily be utilized for the light assembly of add-on components to robots, along with warehousing operations

This new facility will serve as an expansion of their Americas Headquarters campus that is currently located in both the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills.  The company will consolidate and expand operations from other locations in the Metro Detroit area to this single facility.

Aerial photo showing the location of the new facility

Understanding that the project needed to meet a strict construction time frame to accommodate FANUC’s growth plans, all parties worked together to design this mammoth development.  Remarkably, it was reviewed and approved by the City in just 41 days, which is light speed for a facility of this complexity.  It was truly a team effort all around.  Construction is scheduled to begin on August 1st with completion anticipated by November 2019.

Once built, it will become the third largest industrial building in Auburn Hills with only FCA US LLC’s Headquarters and Technical Center and ABB’s North American Robotics Headquarters being larger in size.

With both FANUC and ABB now having their most significant facilities in Auburn Hills, we hope that we may soon earn the distinction of being the robotics capital of the United States.

Autoliv Proposes Impressive North American Headquarters Expansion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to announce that Swedish-based Autoliv, the world’s largest automotive safety supplier, has submitted plans to construct an expansion of their North American Headquarters and Technical Center located at 1320 Pacific Drive.  The new three-story, 71,207 square foot building addition will house the majority of the 550 high-tech workers anticipated to be employed at the facility when complete.

Rendering of the proposed building addition looking south from I-75

Autoliv supplies airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels, passive safety electronics, and active safety systems to all the major car manufacturers in the world.  Each year, their products save more than 30,000 lives and prevent ten times as many injuries.

Autoliv employee preparing a dummy for a crash test

The construction of this technically complex expansion project is planned through a series of phases that will take approximately 18 to 19 months to complete.  The first phase is expected to begin later this year with final occupancy by Fall 2020.  The building will be 258,798 square feet in size when finished.

Site plan showing the expansion in the color blue

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th Wednesday, September 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, August 27th Monday, September 24th.

Providing A Full Auburn Hills Experience Through iLead

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

Last Friday, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce kicked off their new six-month leadership program called iLead (Learn, Engage, Achieve, and Discover).  iLead is designed for early to mid-level leaders in the Auburn Hills community.

Session One was held in our City Council Chamber and featured current leaders of the City of Auburn Hills.  Each staff member gave an overview of their department, shared experiences that lead them to want to be leaders in local government and discussed what makes Auburn Hills so unique.  After the presentations, Assistant City Manager Don Grice provided a tour of the City’s campus.

It was such a fun morning.  We appreciate and feel honored that the Auburn Hills Chamber chose the City to kick off its new leadership series.

We look forward to learning about the first iLead class’s experience at the 2019 State of the Community event.

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.