Genisys Credit Union Proposes New LED Sign For Mortgage Service Center

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

An application has been submitted by Genisys Credit Union to allow the installation of a LED automatic changeable copy sign at their new mortgage service center located at 2011 Executive Hills Boulevard.

Photo mock-up of what the sign will look like

The proposed sign will enable the credit union to better promote the services they offer to the community, while also allowing the Auburn Hills Police Department to display Amber Alerts and emergency messages when needed.

Proposed sign location

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

Parkways Boulevard Proposed To Be Extended To Auburn Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that the City of Auburn Hills has initiated the process of changing the street name of Squirrel Court to Parkways Boulevard.  If approved by the City Council, the street name will not officially change until Squirrel Court is physically connected with Parkways Boulevard and open to the public for thru-traffic at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court.  The road connection is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2019.

Aerial map outlining the new east-west roadway to be named Parkways Boulevard.

As background, it has been the City’s long-term plan to create a new roadway, north of Auburn Road, from Downtown Auburn Hills to Adams Road.  The first segment of this new roadway, called Parkways Boulevard, was completed in 2015 adjacent to Adams Road.  The City is currently working with a developer on plans to extend Parkways Boulevard west to the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, thus ultimately connecting the road extension with Squirrel Court.  As a result, the street name for the entire length of Squirrel Court is proposed to be changed to Parkways Boulevard once the two streets are joined into one unified public roadway at Tebeau Court.

The City is proposing this street name change for public health and safety reasons as it would create a clear and continual street name for the new roadway from Auburn Road, near the City’s Riverside Park, to Adams Road once connected.  The selection of Parkways Boulevard as the new street name will assist with rapid property identification by first responders, along with providing improved traffic navigation for the general population.  Also, the “Parkways” street name is fitting as City parks are situated at both ends of the proposed unified roadway.

The street name and address changes would not occur until the roadway is connected and open at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, which is anticipated in Fall 2019.

Those interested in providing comment or learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

Stephanie Carroll Honored By Michigan Economic Development Peers

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Numerous dedicated and talented people work for, and volunteer at, the City of Auburn Hills.  Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations, is a prime example of the leadership and excellence that members of our team strive to achieve.

Last week, Stephanie was recognized by her professional organization, the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), with their President’s Award.  This award is given annually to an individual who has made a noticeable impact on the advancement of MEDA’s mission.

Current MEDA President, Monique Holliday-Bettie, described Stephanie in her award presentation as “a great collaborator, supporter, motivator, and problem-solver; I could go on and on … She has made a tremendous impact with our committees, our Board, and our Association.  I hope she understands how appreciated, valued, and cherished her talents are.”

MEDA Present Monique Holliday-Bettie (left) and Stephanie Carroll (right)

Congrats Stephanie on receiving this well-deserved honor from your peers!

Duffy’s Dollar Burger – The Legend Continues

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Anyone familiar with Downtown Auburn Hills knows the best place for lunch on Wednesdays is Duffy’s Pub with their legendary “Dollar-Burger” special.  Over the years, Duffy’s has built a solid reputation of serving some of the juiciest hamburgers in town.  During lunch hours, the pub is packed with people enjoying the lunchtime special with friends and co-workers.

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, no need to worry.  They have a menu full of items that include sandwiches, quesadilla, tacos, nachos, fish & chips, salads and soups that are sure to please the palate.

If you can’t make it to lunch, stop by for dinner and enjoy live music.  Wednesday is karaoke night and live bands play Thursday through Saturday nights.  Duffy’s Irish Pub is located at 3320 Auburn Road and has a municipal parking lot located right behind it.  For more information about Duffy’s Pub, visit them on Facebook.

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!

The Reserves … N. Squirrel Road Condominium Project Taking Shape

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

There has been a great deal of building construction in the City of Auburn Hills, especially in one of our community’s newest residential developments called the Reserves of Auburn Hills.  Over a relatively short period of time five, four-unit condominiums have been erected on the site allowing plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other trades to begin work on the building interiors, which can be customized to fit the purchaser’s own personal style.

The 65 attached-unit condominium development, located just south of Shimmons Circle, is perfect for those looking for low maintenance living in homes with nine-foot ceilings, hard wood floors and gourmet kitchens.  Units range in size from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet and offer both ranch and split level floor plans with prices starting around $300,000.

Residents will find tree-lined sidewalks leading to the City’s pathway system that is enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  The new neighborhood is expected to be highly desirable as it is conveniently located near employment opportunities, shopping, and other amenities such as Oakland University, Meadow Brook Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, and the Auburn Hills Community Center and Library.

Rendering of the site plan for the Reserves of Auburn Hills

For more information about this development visit their website at

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!