Rochester Soccer Club Property Proposed To Be Rezoned

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills 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.

View of the RSC property from Dutton Road

The rezoning proposal is intended to implement the policy recommendations of the Northeast Corner Neighborhood Master Plan (2016).  RSC is contemplating two primary options for the long-term use of their property.  Both options listed below are consistent with the City’s Master Plan, and the T&R zoning district.

Option A:  The property remains as a training complex for RSC.  Over the next 2 to 3 years, RSC intends to explore the viability of adding an indoor practice facility and a lighted outdoor turf field in the future.

Option B:  The property is exchanged and redeveloped for corporate R&D facilities, or other similar land uses permitted under the T&R zoning district.

Please note that the above long-term development options will not be decided at the upcoming meeting and are subject to change.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

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.

Safety In A Second With Hirtenberger

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

If you are like me, you get in your car and drive without giving it much thought.  I mean, how many times do we think about all the components that make up our vehicle and how they all work together to keep us safe during a significant event like a crash?

Recently, we met with Hirtenberger Automotive Safety and learned about the solutions they provide in the event of an automobile crash.  I learned there are passive safety systems like seatbelts and airbags and active safety systems like radar lane-detection systems and cameras.  Hirtenberger specializes in the latter.

Based in Austria, they specialize in developing and producing advanced pyrotechnic solutions for systems to protect pedestrians and occupants.  When I think about pyrotechnics, I usually think of fireworks, not the automotive industry.  Who knew that a tiny part, called a micro gas generator, could save your life?  Hirtenberger uses pyrotechnics and not a fuse because the reaction is instant.

We are so excited that Hirtenberger Automotive Safety is in Auburn Hills and we look forward to watching them grow and succeed.

The Perennial Exchange – New Venue, Same Great Event!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention gardeners!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange – a favorite springtime event – returns next Saturday, May 19th in a brand new location.  The exchange will take place on the back patio of the beautiful Auburn Hills Community Center, located on the City campus.

For 25 years, residents and friends from neighboring communities have joined together in Auburn Hills to exchange their perennial plants for new ones that add variety to their gardens for no cost – zero, zip, zilch.

To prepare for the event, simply divide plants into small groupings, put them in plastic containers (containers you don’t need back) and attach a note to identify the plant type (if known) and whether it prefers sun or shade.

Participants can talk shop with the other gardeners and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.   Round up your friends and neighbors, have some fun and grow your garden in the process.

The Community Center sits just behind the tennis courts on the City Campus located at 1827 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills.  For more information, please call 248.364.6946 or email  See you Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and as always … the early bird gets the worm!

Lucas’ Coney Island Now Open In New Location

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The City is pleased to announce that Lucas’ Coney Island, which has been a staple “eat spot” in the community, is now open at their new location at 2010 N. Opdyke Road in the Stadium Shopping Center. After being closed for almost a year, residents and businesses are pleased that Lucas has reopened – just a stone’s throw from their former location.

Although the restaurant may be new and more modern-looking, Lucas still serves their much desired Coney Island hotdogs and chili fries, as well as “The People’s Choice” deli sandwich, chicken gyro, patty melt, Mediterranean pita, and the Traverse City salad.

Lucas is open early every morning (Monday thru Friday – 7:00 a.m. and Saturday thru Sunday – 8:00 a.m.) ready to serve customers a hot cup of coffee and something hot off the grill, like a western or farmer’s omelet, pancakes, French toast and the tried-and-true breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast.

Visit the new Lucas’ Coney Island and enjoy.

Bubbling Over With Excitement!

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

I first had bubble tea about two years ago at a Taiwanese restaurant with a friend.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, to be honest.  It was strange at first, but I have to say that I loved it.  If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a real treat.

Fast forward to last month, and the owners of You, Me and Bubble Tea in Oxford announced that they would be opening a store at the former Sweets! location at 3395 Auburn Road in Downtown Auburn Hills.  Co-owners Stacey Beane and Cathy Darling took their passion for community and youth and created a business that offers something for everyone.  Their staff is very friendly and great at recommending teas and flavors if you’re new to the bubble tea scene.

If you have not stopped by You, Me and Bubble Tea yet, make time for a unique experience.  In addition to their amazing teas and other drinks, they have Macarons and Bubble Bites (which are like cake balls) which are delicious.

Come hang out at You, Me and Bubble Tea!  Cheers!

Rental Home Registration Ordinance Proposed To Protect Neighborhoods

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City Council unanimously voted last night to proceed with scheduling a public hearing to adopt an ordinance which will require property owners to register their detached one-family rental homes and subsequently hold said owners accountable for the upkeep of their property via a permit to occupy.

The regulation of rental homes is a Y2018 strategic goal for the City Council

The proposed ordinance is intended to be a proactive tool to enable the City to better protect its residential neighborhoods from blight and stabilize home values.  The City Council adopted a similar ordinance to require the registration of vacant homes in 2010.  If adopted, this ordinance would require all detached one-family rental homes to be registered by December 31, 2018.

The City Council believes there is a need to adopt an organized registration and permit program to ensure that rental homes meet minimum code requirements.  Most importantly, the proposed ordinance will provide the City with a more efficient system for compelling rental home owners to correct code violations when they are found.

To learn more, please review the Frequently Asked Questions flyer and/or the May 7th City Council packet.

The public hearing to adopt the proposed ordinance will be held at the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

$20 Million INCOE Corporation Facility Cementing Into Place

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re happy to update folks that construction on the new $20 million corporate headquarters facility for INCOE Corporation in the Oakland Technology Park is progressing very nicely.

The mammoth building is located on the south side of High Meadow Circle, adjacent to Faurecia.

The builder, General Development Company, anticipates beginning the cement pour of the shop floor for the 135,000 square foot building this week.  Contractors have also begun hanging drywall on the 2nd floor.

Photo of the spacious shop area today with the dirt floor. Cement trucks begin rolling in on Wednesday!

The goal is to move INCOE into their new facility by August.