Saber Building Services Project Under Construction On Joslyn

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It seems like everywhere you look there are bulldozers, cranes, and crews operating in the City of Auburn Hills right now.  This growth and investment is promising and great to see, especially after the lean years of the Great Recession, as it creates jobs and strengthens the economic health of our community.

Those who travel Joslyn Road probably have seen construction that is underway on property located on the west side of the road, between Pacific Boulevard and Taylor Road.  The pad for Saber Building Services is currently being leveled and prepared.  It is the first of two, 12,000 square foot light industrial buildings that were approved for the site by the City Council on August 28, 2017.

The total investment for the overall project is estimated at $1.7 million

Saber Building Services offers a wide variety of cleaning services to businesses across Southeast Michigan, including janitorial, construction clean-up, window cleaning, and supplies.

Rendering of the building

The project is expected to be complete by late summer.  It is one of many excellent developments scheduled to open this year.

City Council Approves $17 Million In New Projects

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

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

Matrix Engineered Systems – 14,350 square foot corporate headquarters and technical center on a 3.4 acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Taylor Road and Giddings Road, adjacent to the Fieldstone Golf Club.

Matrix Engineered Systems

Sumerlyn Site Condominiums – 36-unit detached condominium development proposed by Pulte Homes on a 12.11 acre site located south of Bald Mountain Road, east of the Auburn Hills Church of Christ.

Sumerlyn Site Condominiums

Midwest Innovation Lofts (The MiL) – four-story, 25,243 square foot mixed-use building on a 0.16 acre parcel located at the southeast corner of S. Squirrel Road and Auburn Road.

Midwest Innovation Lofts (The MiL)

Riverside Townes Condominiums – 14 townhouse units proposed by Robertson Brothers Homes on a 1.08 acre site located at 3321 Squirrel Court, which is situated just east of Riverside Park.

Riverside Townes Condominiums

All four projects are anticipated to begin construction this year.

Blaze Pizza Now Open!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The dough is fresh, the toppings are abundant, the ovens ablaze, and the pizzasmiths have mastered their craft.  That can only mean one thing, the eagerly awaited Blaze Pizza is now open and ready to make you a customized pizza.

This new pizzeria, located at 2065 N Squirrel Road, is well-known for making pizzas with a perfect crispy crust in less than four minutes.  Yes, that’s right … in less than four minutes, which means it’s an excellent place to grab a quick bite to eat if you’re short on time.

If you haven’t been to a Blaze Pizza be prepared to make a few decisions.  You’ll first have to select what type of crust you want, thin, high-rise, or gluten-free. Next, you’ll need to choose your toppings, which includes your choice of 10 sauces, seven kinds of cheese, seven types of meat, and 17 veggies.  And get this, you can have as many toppings as you want all for one price.  Once that’s finished the pizzasmith will cook your pizza to perfection.  So there you have it, your very own customized artesian pizza made fresh and fast.

Blaze Pizza also offers salads and desserts, including s’mores cookies, and an assortment of beverages like their very own Blood Orange Lemonade which is very tasty and refreshing and always a big hit with their customers.

Are you hungry yet?

FYI – As a special treat, Blaze Pizza Auburn Hills will be serving free pizzas all day on Tuesday, February 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information about Blaze Pizza, click here to view their website.

Five Things That Make Auburn Hills “Smart”

Posted by – Sam Seimer, Director of Authorities

We already know that Auburn Hills is a “Smart City” – given the large population of students pursuing higher education and the numerous high-tech employees working at businesses within its municipal boundaries.  Nonetheless, Auburn Hills is becoming an even smarter City with improved technologies.

A “Smart City” uses data and integrates information to allow it to interact with the community, its infrastructure, and monitor what is happening in the City and how it is evolving.  Smart and connected communities address preservation, revitalization, livability, sustainability, and public safety.  Technology integration leads to a number of benefits, including enhanced connectivity, and improved living conditions.

Five ways Auburn Hills is “smart” are the following:

Primary Street Public Parking Structure: The parking structure in Downtown behind the Auburn Square Apartments is open and available to the public, and it’s smart!  The lights in the structure sense when people or cars are traveling throughout.  The lights only illuminate if they detect movement. This initiative conserves energy and keeps people safe in the structure.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Recently, the City replaced its outdated electric vehicle charging stations for newer Chargepoint models.  Chargepoint operates the largest and most open electric vehicle charging network.  They have an application that allows you to track your vehicle’s charge, or see where open parking spaces are around town.  The stations have 24/7 driver support and work right from an app on your smartphone.  These stations are helping with parking and transportation all over Auburn Hills.

The Singing Street Lights:  If you haven’t been Downtown in a while, check out the great feature our streetlights have.  All of the streetlights Downtown are equipped with a speaker that plays music.  It creates a great ambiance.  These lights are part of a larger digital infrastructure that controls energy management, security, and outdoor media.  The speaker system can play music for any occasion, as well as make announcements about severe weather, or the times for our Downtown concert series.

Irrigation Systems:  Environmental monitoring is an important part of a smart and sustainable community.  Auburn Hills has an irrigation system in place for its properties that monitors the moisture in the ground.  The system is only activated when necessary, allowing for the greatest efficiency of both its water resources and tax dollars.

Downtown WiFi:  If you are walking around outside in Downtown, check your phone’s network.  Instead of draining your data by staying connected to 4G or LTE, you can access your favorite apps and sites using the Free Downtown WiFi.  We know how important it is for our residents and visitors to always be connected, so we help them achieve that goal!

Soon we will begin to see technologies around the community emerge for connected cars, autonomous vehicles, and an even greater focus on community mobility for everyone.  People have more power and technology at the tips of their fingers than ever before.  Our City will need to continue to adapt to the needs of its residents and new technology.

Auburn Hills is off to a great start with connected technologies and its staff is working hard to meet the needs of the public by always providing efficient and fiscally responsible services to its citizens.

Is It Spring Yet?

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The unseasonably warm weather this week gave southeast Michigan a little taste of Spring.  It’s a good reminder that it won’t be long before we begin prepping our lawns, gardens and outdoor areas for fun in the sun.

It seems fitting that last night the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) started planning their programs and events for 2018, the first of which is the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange, which will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 11am.

The BAC is excited to announce that the exchange will be held in a new location this year at the Auburn Hills Community Center on the City’s municipal campus.  Mark your calendars for this springtime tradition which has been going strong for over 25 years.   Check back for event details as the weather gets warmer and Think Spring!

Shawn Keenan Promoted To City Planner

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to announce that Shawn Keenan has been promoted to the role of City Planner.  He has served as our Assistant City Planner since 2014.

City Planner Shawn Keenan

Shawn began his career with Auburn Hills as the City’s Water Resources Coordinator in 2002.  Since that time, Shawn was awarded the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation, which is the mark of a professional urban planner.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law and Government and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.  In recent years, Shawn has served as an advisor to the Planning Commission and will continue to do so moving forward in his expanded role.

Congrats Shawn!

Topgolf Auburn Hills Begins In The Fog Of Winter

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

In the dense fog, in the mud and mire, and in the nasty winter weather something special is happening in the City of Auburn Hills.

Work has begun on the much-anticipated Topgolf Auburn Hills project.  The goal is to have the $12.5 million golf-themed hospitality and entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets open by this December.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will be located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road

Significant site grading is underway and the building pad is being prepared to start structural foundations.  Construction is also moving forward for the site utilities, including storm water sewer and water main.  Crews have begun to relocate a major storm water sewer line that currently bisects the site and are creating a new outlet for the storm water detention basin.  Last week, jack/bore work was completed beneath Great Lakes Crossing Drive for a water main connection and now on-site water main lines are being installed.

Rendering of the completed Topgolf Auburn Hills facility

Stay tuned for periodic updates on this landmark project in the months ahead.