Taste The Flavors Of The Mediterranean

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those looking for a new place to grab a bite to eat you’re in luck.  2941 Mediterranean Street Food, located at the corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive in the Auburn Hills Marketplace, is now open.

The wide range of food options available to customers is sure to satisfy everyone, even those with the most finicky taste buds.

For more information on the wide range of foods and flavors offered, visit them online.

2941 Mediterranean Street Food is located at 2071 N. Squirrel Road.

Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens Tomorrow

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Yesterday, some lucky locals were invited to a pre-opening of the new Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Auburn Hills Marketplace development.  While I missed out on that sneak peek, I heard rave reviews about those subs all afternoon.

They are located on the corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive, right next to Starbucks.  Check out this new eat spot for yourself – they officially open tomorrow.

We welcome Jersey Mike’s to Auburn Hills and wish them much success!

Starbuck’s New Neighbors

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The opening of the new Starbuck’s Coffee at University and Squirrel Road is just around the corner and there has been growing interest in who will occupy the other tenant spaces in the Auburn Hills Marketplace.  We are pleased to announce that…drumroll, please…Jersey Mike’s Subs, Blaze Pizza, 2941 Mediterranean Street Food and AT&T will join Starbucks.  Here’s what customers can look forward to.

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Jersey Mike’s Subs, which started back in 1956 in New Jersey, is known for authentic tasting sub sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients and fresh-baked bread.  Hungry residents, employees and students alike can soon get a taste.

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Blaze Pizza uses fresh ingredients to build pizzas from scratch as you call out your ingredients.  With a blazing hot oven, the pizza is ready In 180 seconds.

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For heart-healthy food, check out 2941 Mediterranean Street Food.  This modern, fast, casual restaurant offers a wide variety of flavorful street food from the Mediterranean region.  Their fresh, locally sourced food is never frozen and is free of GMO, MSG, and Trans fats.  They also offer Gluten Free options.

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The final tenant is AT&T.  With the rapid pace that mobile communication changes each year it’s good to have an industry leader close by to guide you through the maze of options.

We welcome these businesses to our community and look forward to their grand opening celebrations.

Auburn Hills 2016 Developments Exceed $170 Million

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those who drive through Auburn Hills on a regular basis, they more than likely have noticed an increase in the number of bulldozers, cranes and construction crews working on a number of sites scattered throughout the City.  This year the Auburn Hills City Council approved an estimated $170,305,000.00 worth of new developments, redevelopments and business expansions.  The 22 projects include an assortment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Two projects that receive the most public interest are the H.U.B. (Home of Urban Bowling) that will be moving into the old Big Buck Brewery and the Auburn Hills Marketplace shopping center that will include Starbucks as its anchor store.

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Two new senior housing developments Villa Montclair (88 detached single-family homes) and Blossom Park (160 unit senior living center) will help fulfill the goal of the City’s Age Friendly initiative by providing a more diverse housing stock for the City’s growing senior population.

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Villa Montclair Clubhouse

The City continues to attract new businesses of all sizes from Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research facility to Martinrea’s new 108,200 square foot technology and research facility.

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Martinrea Ground Breaking Ceremony

Last but not least the City is excited to see construction activities taking place at Dutton Corporate Center located at the southeast corner of Lapper Road and Dutton Road, with the construction of the new Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills automobile dealership.

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Rendering of New Kia Dealership

We look forward to what 2017 has to bring.

Steel Beams Now, Coffee Beans Later

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you haven’t driven by the northwest corner of University Drive and N. Squirrel Road recently you may be surprised how fast the construction of the Auburn Hills Marketplace is progressing.

Auburn Hills Marketplace under construction

Auburn Hills Marketplace under construction

Where once stood the Palm Palace Restaurant, you can now see the structural support beams for a new retail center that will feature a Starbuck Coffee store and five other tenants.

Rendering looking southwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road

Rendering looking southwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road

We anticipate that residents and morning commuters will be able to pick up their fresh morning brew at this new convenient location by early November.

Great Start! City Council Approves $22 Million In New Development

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It looks like 2016 is gearing up to be an exciting year for the City of Auburn Hills.

We’re pleased to report that the City Council authorized the construction of the following development proposals this past Monday.

  1. Villa Montclair Condominiums – 55+ active adult community that will include 88 detached single-family homes surrounded by significant open space and amenities. The project will be constructed on a 30-acre site located at 3995 N. Squirrel Road.

    Site Plan for Villa Montclair

    Site Plan for Villa Montclair

  2. Northern Sign Company – 18,585 sq. ft. building for the sign manufacturing company.  The property is located on the north side of Walton Boulevard, between Lapeer and N. Opdyke Roads.

    Site Plan For Northern Sign Company

    Site Plan For Northern Sign Company

  3. Auburn Hills Marketplace – 12,206 sq. ft. retail center featuring a Starbucks Coffee store with drive-through pick-up service and an outdoor seating area. The project will be built on the site of the recently closed Palm Palace restaurant, which is located at the northwest corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive.

    Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University

    Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University Drive

The total investment for all three projects combined will exceed $22 million.  Stay tuned for updates on their construction.

Wake Up And Smell The ‘Starbucks’ Coffee!

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s about to get a little more convenient to pick up a good cup of joe … or Grande Soy Chai Tea Latte … whichever you may prefer.

We’re pleased to report that plans to construct a new 12,206 sq. ft. retail center called Auburn Hills Marketplace are now ready for public review.  The project is proposed on the site of the recently shuttered Palm Palace restaurant, which is located at the northwest corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive.  The estimated cost of the project is $2.75 million.

Site Plan

Site Plan

The developer, Markus Management Group, has advised the City that the anchor for the project will be a Starbucks Coffee store offering drive-through pick-up service and an outdoor seating area.  The retail center is also designed to accommodate up to five additional business tenants.

Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University

Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University Drive

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, February 22, 2016.

Upon approval, the ground breaking for the retail center is scheduled to take place in April 2016 with the Grand Opening expected sometime in October 2016.