Working To Become An “Inclusive” Community

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

In 2012, Auburn Hills began engaging in Age-Friendly planning initiatives.  The journey has been an amazing experience and we’ve been able to create meaningful relationships with the residents in our community through this process.

Yesterday, at the Council of Michigan Foundations gathering, Mayor Kevin McDaniel outlined all the work done to date by staff, Planning Commission and City Council.  I can say that this has been a tremendous team effort.

The question on everyone’s mind yesterday is why do we need age-friendly communities?  In order to prepare for these demographic changes, Auburn Hills enrolled in the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2013.  Auburn Hills was the first municipality from the State of Michigan to be accepted into this prestigious and growing network.

This program was key to changing our thinking.  It involved an assessment of the community, the creation of an action plan, and eventually implementation of the plan and finally an evaluation of its performance.

Along with Mayor William R. Wild of Westland, Mayor McDaniel outlined the policies and priorities communities are building upon that will continue to make Auburn Hills a desirable and inclusive community in which to live, work and play.

Going National

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

As the baby-boom generation ages, communities from all over the country are working to prepare for the changing needs of their residents.  In Auburn Hills, planning for accessible housing options, transportation needs and other enhanced services officially began in 2013 with the City’s acceptance into the AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network.

Age-Friendly Auburn Hills program leaders, Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services and Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development, presented an overview of our Age-Friendly program yesterday to a registered webinar audience of over 400 city managers, city planners and senior services professionals from around the country.

Both Auburn Hills and San Antonio, Texas were invited to share their experiences in developing Age-Friendly programs in their respective cities.  Both communities discussed the processes of engaging their residents through community events, turning gathered information into action plans and finding partners and volunteers in the community to fill needs that municipalities may not be able to fill.

Karen and Steve talking about the Age-Friendly program at a community meeting last year.

Karen and Steve speaking about the Age-Friendly program at a community meeting last year.

The webinar, hosted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) was designed to provide local governments with an overview of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and showcase how it has helped communities plan for the future.

Auburn Hills was honored to be selected for this opportunity.

Happy Anniversary, Alfoccino Ristorante

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

An Auburn Hills institution is celebrating tomorrow, October 3rdAlfoccino Food and Spirits, located at 2225 N. Opdyke, has been in business for 14 years. Owners Sunny Palaj and Frank Shushtari will continue to serve the finest in Italian cuisine.

outside Alfoccino’s offers fine dining, banquets, off-site catering, and carry out with on-line ordering.  They have a full bar with drink and appetizer specials daily.

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They are open seven days a week with availability for any occasion.  Call them 248-340-1000 for information or reservations.

Stop by tomorrow and say “Ciao!”

Age-Friendly Program … We’re Ready To Take Action

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that a ground breaking study designed to help improve the livability of our community is now complete.

This plan will not sit on a shelf somewhere. It's a guide for our City's future.

This plan will not sit on a shelf somewhere. It’s a detailed guide for future City decisions.

The Auburn Hills Age-Friendly Action Plan has been developed, with the support of AARP, which outlines a game plan on how to improve the quality of life of our seniors, which in turn will naturally make our town a friendlier place for all.  Review the document by clicking here.

The City Council, Planning Commission, and Age-Friendly Auburn Hills team wish to thank all who participated in the numerous community meetings that have occurred over the past two years.  Your input has assisted the team with formulating a realistic and clear “plan for action” which will help make Auburn Hills a better place to live, work, play … and age.

Once again, we’re very appreciative of the community’s support and participation in this historic initiative.  Stay tuned for future stories on how the City and its partners plan to implement the study’s recommendations.

Originality In Every Scoop

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Michigan’s first Marble Slab Creamery has opened in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  If you haven’t heard of this sweet spot before, you’re in for a treat!

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Owner, Al Kana, opened the 600 square foot Marble Slab Creamery on July 31st after opening a Great American Cookies kiosk in the mall just months earlier.  Marble Slab offers customers fresh, homemade ice cream and a variety of “unlimited” toppings and mix-ins, prepared on large marble slabs. The combinations are, of course, endless.

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A couple of their suggested mixes include the “Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp”, which is sweet cream with crushed Butterfinger, chocolate chips and caramel.  For something that sounds healthier, there’s the “Trail Mix” combination with sweet cream, M&M’s, granola and walnuts.  These are only suggestions.  You’ll have to stop by and create your own original combination.

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Marble Slab Creamery is located in District 7, just past Sea Life Aquarium. We wish Mr. Kana much success in his new venture.

Auburn Hills Age Friendly Business Roundtable

Posted by – Maria Willett, Community Planning Assistant

Do you interact with senior residents daily at your place of business?  If so, then Auburn Hills is looking to hear from YOU!  As we continue to look for ways to make the city ideal for residents of all ages, we want to know what changes you have observed as the population gets older. 

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Join the City and other local businesses on January 15 from 2-4 p.m. in the Auburn Hills Public Library to share your thoughts.  As your customers get older, have you seen a change in the services needed?  Does your business make any special accommodations for seniors? 

By working together to identify the upcoming needs of our older residents, we can be proactive in making changes that will make the City of Auburn Hills a better experience for all consumers.  To sign up for this exciting opportunity, please call the Auburn Hills Community Center at 248-370-9353.

Calling All Movie Stars!

Posted by – Maria Willett, Age-Friendly Community Planning Assistant

Wanna be famous?

The City is looking for some seniors to star in a series of Age-Friendly Auburn Hills videos, which will be filmed over next the few months.  We invite all those willing to share their thoughts and opinions about Auburn Hills to “play a role” in making the City better.  As our population continues to age, we’re striving to be proactive in an effort to make it easier for people of all ages to live, work, and play in our community.  So, we want to hear and learn from you!

Focus Group Dates:

  • Monday, September 29th – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 3rd – 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

    We encourage you to participate in a focus group interview.  It will be fun!

    We encourage you to participate in a focus group interview. It will be fun!

Participants will enjoy light refreshments, meet others, and of course be featured in our upcoming YouTube videos about the City’s efforts to become an age-friendly community.  If you’re interested (or know someone who would be interested) in participating in these focus groups please call the Community Center at 248-370-9353.