Happy Retirement Dale!

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday, the City of Auburn Hills celebrated and honored Code Enforcement Officer Dale Mathes.  Dale will be retiring next week as he concludes just under 12 years of service in the Community Development Department.

Dale Mathes (left) being congratulated by City Manager Tom Tanghe (right)

Dale will truly be missed by our Department.  I’m sure that if you were to look in Webster’s Dictionary for the definition of a “really good guy” you would find a photo and description of Brother Dale (as we affectionately call him).  He would be wearing a Detroit Red Wings jersey.

This will be Dale’s second retirement.  He came to Auburn Hills in 2005 after retiring from the City of Detroit Police Department.  Dale has been extremely valuable to our team as he has brought a wealth of knowledge, a ton of real life experience, patience, and pure common sense.  Simply said, he made us better – which is an outstanding legacy to leave.

Best wishes Brother Dale.  Enjoy your much deserved retirement.  Thank you again for your service to the City of Auburn Hills.

Congrats Dale!

New Houses Sprout Up in Forester Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We’re pleased to see that the first six, newly constructed homes in Forester Hills are already occupied, and six more homes are under construction.  It’s no surprise that the homes were occupied so quickly because they fill a renewed demand for mid-sized, single-family homes.

Forster Hills meets this demand by building ranch and split-level homes, ranging in size from 1,530 to 2,236 sq. ft. – the perfect size for a starter home or empty-nesters looking for a smaller home with several “age-friendly” amenities.

Other features that make Forester Hills so attractive is, you guessed it, location, location, location.  Being located on the west side of Old Adams Road means all the homes are in the Avondale School District, within walking distance of both River Woods Park and the Clinton River Rail Trail, within a 90-second drive to Downtown Auburn Hills and close to shopping.

It will be no surprise to see the six homes currently under construction, occupied shortly.

The River Clean-Up Tradition Continues

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Over the last 30 years, residents and businesses from all around the Clinton River Watershed have volunteered their time to improve the health of our local rivers, lakes, and streams by removing trash and debris from our waterways.  The City of Auburn Hills is looking to keep the tradition going by hosting a river clean-up event on Saturday, September 23rd.

Volunteers for this annual event are dedicated to the preservation and protection of our waters and natural resources for our future generations to enjoy.  They also realize the wide range of recreational opportunities, including fishing and kayaking, our local waterways now provide.

So if you’re looking for an opportunity make a positive impact in your community and improve the health of the Clinton River, stop by River Woods Park in Auburn Hills on Saturday, September 23rd, at 9:00 am.  The clean-up will conclude at noon when the team at Jimmy John’s will provide free subs to the volunteers!

For additional information, please contact Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner by phone at 248-364-6926 or by e-mail at skeenan@auburnhills.org.  Advanced notice of participation is appreciated but not required.  Volunteers are advised to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes.

To learn more about future river clean-up events, please visit the Clinton River Watershed Council at www.crwc.org.

Lucas Coney Island Being Demolished

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that work is now underway to demolish the former Lucas Coney Island Restaurant, located at 2008 N. Opdyke Road, to make room for a new gas station.  Lucas closed a little over a year ago due to a fire that caused extensive smoke damage to the building.

Click here to learn more about the new gas station project.

Fischer Automotive Systems Plans Building Expansion

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

An application has been submitted by Fischer Automotive Services to expand their existing facilities located at 1044 and 1084 Doris Road.

The plans call for a 43,266 square foot building addition that will connect their two existing buildings to create more office, manufacturing and warehouse space.  The larger facility, approximately 104,000 sq. ft. will accommodate the company’s future growth and room to house an additional 100 new employees.   The existing parking lot wil be expaded to the vacant parcel to the east of their building located at 1044 Doris Road.

Illustrated Site Plan

The estimated total investment in the project is $5.1 million.  Construction is expected to begin in October 2017 with completion planned for December 2018.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning commission meetings scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, September 25th.

The Future Of Automation Is At ABB

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

I had a fascinating morning yesterday with our Mayor and City Manager – it was ABB’s Innovation and Technology Day.  ABB is a leader in industrial automation and recently sold the first robot manufactured in the United States.

The morning was filled with updates about ABB’s investment in new technologies that will allow them to serve their customers more efficiently.  I’ll admit, it was all a little over my head, especially the “intercloud” discussion.

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel with ABB President of the Americas Region, Greg Scheu

We then toured the facility where staff showcased technology that was unique to ABB.  We saw a lot of really interesting robots, but two that stood out were the robots that can make shoes in under three minutes and the UMI robot that made my espresso.

Espresso making robot

We are very proud that ABB has called Auburn Hills home for nearly 25 years.  We wish them continued success!

Five Points Church Addition Right On Track

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction is booming in Auburn Hills and work on the 16,019 square foot building addition underway at Five Points Community Church is no exception.

The new north face of Five Points Community Church

Crews will finish rough carpentry and exterior framing around the end of next week, and roofing, exterior brick work and siding will follow.  In approximately two weeks, asphalt will be installed.

The addition will house new offices, youth group areas, nursery rooms and a large gathering area.

Updates will continue as the project progresses.