Adopt-A-Stream Offers Hands-On Environmental Opportunity

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’re interested in learning more about the water quality of your local rivers, creeks or streams and don’t mind getting a little wet, the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Adopt-A-Stream program is an activity worth exploring.  This volunteer-based program invites residents and businesses alike a hands-on opportunity to monitor the health of our local waterways.

Volunteers are trained, teamed-up and assigned a location to monitor twice a year – once in May and once in October, for about three to four hours each time.  Equipment and data sheets will be provided for the collection of information on streamside habitat, physical characteristics, and benthic macroinvertebrate (bug) populations.   The presence of specific bugs, or lack thereof, is a good indicator of water quality.

The data collected is of great use to the Clinton River Watershed Council, local municipalities and the State of Michigan to assess the health of its local waterways and make decisions regarding protection and restoration.

For more information or to register for one of the free Adopt-A-Stream events, please contact the Clinton River Watershed Council by phone at 248-601-0606 or by email at registration@crwc.org.

Construction Continues On Mosaic Of Auburn Hills

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction on the Mosaic of Auburn Hills luxury apartment development, located at the corner of Baldwin Road and Collier Road, is moving full-steam-ahead.

With the first apartment building fully leased and occupied, the second follows closely.  Located just off Baldwin Road, the second building (outlined in purple above – and shown below) is almost fully leased and targeted for occupancy before the end of September.

Framing is complete on the building that lines Collier Road (outlined in red) – the third building in the construction line-up.  Installation of roof shingles will begin soon followed by brick work.

Just across the site (outlined in blue), the basements are in, and framing will begin within the next few weeks.

For more information on this development and future leasing opportunities visit pristineproperties.com.

Yay! Auburn Hills Wins Prestigious Urban Planning Award

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development and Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

We’re thrilled to report that the City of Auburn Hills has been selected to receive the 2017 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice by the Michigan Association of Planning for its work on its Age Friendly Action Plan.

The nomination was reviewed by a jury of American Planning Association – Florida Chapter professionals who indicated that the Age Friendly Action Plan was an “exemplary, well-documented effort to provide an opportunity for the community to have conversations about the needs of an aging population.” 

Auburn Hills will receive the award at the Michigan Association of Planning’s annual conference on September 27, 2017 at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.  

We’re grateful for the support of AARP, our City Council and Planning Commission, and the many volunteers and staff that assisted with this initiative.  Most importantly, we’re appreciative of all those who attended the community meetings and provided valuable input that went into the plan.

The Michigan Association of Planning also recognized the City of Auburn Hills last year for Best Practice for our Industrial Property Analysis and in 2013 for our Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Project. 

Auburn Hills plans to build on this recognition and incrementally improve the quality of life for our seniors over time, which will naturally make our community a friendlier and more accessible place for all.  That sounds like a really good plan.

$14 Million In New Investment Authorized By The City Council

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Y2017 continues to be a robust year for the City of Auburn Hills in terms of development activity.  This past Monday night, the City Council authorized $14 million in new construction.

The Council approved a speculative 98,084 square foot high tech facility proposed by JAR Development Company near the southeast corner of Joslyn Road and Pacific Drive.  The site is best known for being part of the former Kmart property.  The initial investment for the building shell and site improvements is estimated at $4 million.  Additional monies will be spent to finish the interior once a company is found for the building.

Proposed building façade – view from Pacific Drive

They also approved the construction of a 97-room Candlewood Suites hotel proposed by the Samona Property Group within the Dutton Corporate Centre PUD.  The new $10 million hotel will be located on vacant land situated between the development’s existing retail center and the new Kia Dealership, which is currently under construction.  The property is generally located east of Lapeer Road, south of Dutton Road.

Rendering of the proposed hotel

Both projects are anticipated to begin this summer.

Summit Place Kia Of Auburn Hills Takes Shape

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City’s first new automobile dealership, Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills, is progressing at a steady pace.  The building’s shell is complete, and work continues on all the interior components of the 25,749 square foot building, located on the southeast corner of Lapeer Road and Interpark Drive.

Work will soon begin on laying down the asphalt for the parking lot and vehicle display area followed by the installation of the dealership’s landscape that should provide a pleasant visual appearance along Lapeer Road.

Landscape Plan for Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills

We look forward to their grand opening, anticipated later this year.

New Drive-Thru Dunkin’ Donuts To Locate In Auburn Crossing

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Happy Friday morning!  We have some good news.

Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a lease to occupy new space being planned for the Auburn Crossing retail center, which is located east of I-75 between University Drive and Pontiac Road.  The bakery and coffee shop will include a drive-thru facility and indoor/outdoor seating.  The popular store will be part of a $4.95 million project to extensively renovate the tired looking property.

Coming soon to Auburn Hills

Plans call for the demolition of approximately 10,849 square feet of the western portion of the existing retail center, while making improvements to the remaining building façade.  In addition to revitalizing the existing center, a new 7,728 square foot retail building will be constructed closer to University Drive.  The Dunkin’ Donuts store will be located in the new building.

Auburn Crossing today

Artist rendering looking at the site from eastbound University Drive

The owner intends to start construction within the next 30 days.  The project is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We all like to get out and enjoy the warm summertime weather – but warm weather brings those pesky little mosquitos.  This is the time of year we want to protect ourselves from the West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Oakland County Health Department officials confirmed that one of their mosquito test pools tested positive for the virus earlier this month.  With that in mind, there’s no better time to remind everyone about the precautionary measures that reduce your risk of getting WNV and other diseases that mosquitos carry.  Just follow a few simple steps:

  • Use insect repellent in accordance to the manufactures recommendation
  • Eliminate standing water that collects in birdbaths, boats, buckets, tires, unused pools, roof gutters and other containers
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and pants
  • Limit outdoor activity primarily between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes may be present (i.e. shaded and wooded areas)
  • Maintain window and door screening to keep mosquitoes out of buildings
  • Following these simple steps should help everyone enjoy their summertime experiences

For more information on West Nile Virus please visit the Oakland County Health Department’s website.