Remember…It’s Not Just Toxic To You

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Did you know that many household products are dangerous to our kids, pets, and the environment?  These materials pollute our waterways if washed or dumped into storm drains or roadside ditches that lead directly to our lakes and rivers.  Household cleaners, pesticides, gasoline, antifreeze, used motor oil and other hazardous products need to be labeled, stored, and disposed of properly.

So what can you do to help?  Simple.  Here are some steps you can take to carefully dispose of household wastes and help keep our water clean.

Identify it.  Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment.  The words “danger,” “caution,” “warning,” or “toxic” indicate that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.

Less is better.  Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need.  When possible, choose less toxic alternatives.  For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.

Store properly.  Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact.  Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets, and wildlife.

Disposal is key.  Never dump cleaners, chemicals, motor oil, and other toxic materials down storm drains, roadside ditches, sinks, or on the ground.  Contact your local community for household hazardous waste disposal locations, guidelines, and dates.

City of Auburn Hills – Department of Public Works – 1500 Brown Road

Residents of Auburn Hills can participate in the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronic Recycling Day scheduled for Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The drop-off location is at the Department of Public Works Facility located at 1500 Brown Road.

Visit the SEMCOG website for more information on protecting our lakes and rivers.  To report pollution, call the City of Auburn Hills, Community Development Department at 248-364-6900.

Coffee and Textbooks

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

I attended a ribbon cutting yesterday that brought back so many memories, even from my high school days.  I remember hanging out in Downtown Rochester at the Coffee Beanery and also going to Lakeside Mall to grab a cup of my favorite coffee.  After a while, Coffee Beanery locations began to disappear.  I haven’t been to one in probably ten years.  That changed yesterday!

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There is a new Coffee Beanery located inside Baker College and we had the opportunity to celebrate with staff and students yesterday.  It brought back so many great memories.  In addition to their wonderful coffee, they have a great salad and sandwich menu! You don’t have to be a student to drop in and grab your morning coffee!

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On an interesting side note, Coffee Beanery was founded in Flushing, Michigan in 1976.

Congratulations to the staff at Baker College for this wonderful addition!

The H.U.B. Stadium – The Center Of Late Night Fun

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City is happy to announce the successful opening of The H.U.B. Stadium.  This new entertainment venue will serve as the home of urban bowling (aka Bombowling) and the center of late night fun for the many residents of Southeast Michigan and beyond.

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The H.U.B. features 16 bombowling lanes, event space that can accommodate parties of up to 400 people, a menu that should please a wide range of taste buds and two bars that offer an assortment of beverages, including premium craft beers.

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If you and your friends are up for something fun to do, like trying to knock down bowling pins with a football, stop by the H.U.B. Stadium.

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It’s easy to find – located in the former Big Buck Brewery along Opdyke Road, just south of University Drive.

Connecting You To Now

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

Each year, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts the State of the Community event.  Yesterday we gathered on the campus of Oakland University to listen to Mayor McDaniel deliver a great speech outlining the accomplishments of 2016.

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It’s hard to believe that so much can get done in just 365 days.  If I sum up all of the approved projects in 2016, I am astonished to report that the Auburn Hills City Council reviewed and approved over $170 million worth of new developments, redevelopments and business expansions last year.  In all, the 22 projects include an assortment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.  We actually issued more building permits this past year, than in any year since 2001.

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There was another special moment that took place at the event.  Mayor McDaniel unveiled our new City Logo.  This new logo is a year in the making, and we are very proud of what it represents.  The logo shows connectivity and portrays our new central city Diverging Diamond Bridge.  The color connecting the “A” and the “H” is Auburn.  As you can see, this was thoughtfully designed as it links our businesses, residents, students, and visitors together – connecting you to now.

Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2017!

In Search Of….

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is looking for volunteer field researchers to help search for a rare macroinvertebrate called the Stonefly Nymph.  This creature measures about 7-12 mm long and is most active and easily found in January when the water temperature is very cold.

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Finding a Stonefly in your local river or stream is a good indicator that the water quality is high and finding one in the Clinton River will go a long way in helping to dispel the myth that it is still polluted.

If you enjoy being outdoors in winter and would like to search for these telling macroinvertebrates, you can join the CRWC staff at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st for their annual Winter Stonefly Search.

Staff and volunteers will meet at the CRWC office at 1115 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills.  From there, the group will split into teams and travel to 15 different sampling locations throughout the watershed, including Riverside Park in Auburn Hills.  Once teams have finished their site research, all will meet back at the office for pizza, snacks and hot beverages.

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Everyone is welcome to join the search.  Participants can bring their own waders but the CRWC will have a few extra pairs on hand for those who choose to get in the water.  The search goes on regardless of the weather so dress warmly.

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Registration is required by January 12th.  Please contact the CRWC office at (248) 601-0606 or e-mail registration@crwc.org to register or for additional information.

Construction Underway On Summit Place Kia Of Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve driven along Lapeer Road near Dutton in the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the beginnings of the City’s first new automobile dealership under construction.  The southeast corner of Lapeer Road and Interpark Drive will be the home of Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills.  The modern, 25,749 sq. ft. building with enhanced landscaping will provide a nice visual appearance along the Lapeer Road Corridor.

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Summit Place Kia has established a solid reputation in the automotive dealership industry and currently operates the top two Kia Dealerships in Michigan – outselling both Honda and Toyota.  Once completed, the dealership is expected to create 25 new jobs.

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The City looks forward to Summit Place Kia’s grand opening celebration which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.

Construction Begins On New $28 Million Senior Living Community

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Construction began this week on First & Main, a new three-story senior living community located on the 8-acre parcel on the north side of Walton Road, between North Squirrel and Patrick Henry.

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The first stage of the development includes the construction of the east wing which encompasses the 102-unit assisted living wing, including 42 memory care units.   Once the east wing is completed, the west wing with 61 independent living units, will be built.

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This senior living community will feature a variety of amenities including a shop, salon, library, healing garden, and chapel and is intended to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.  Check back for progress updates.