The HUB Stadium Proposes “To Get The Word Out” With Upgraded Sign

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The HUB Stadium (Home of Urban Bowling) has submitted plans to retrofit and upgrade its existing sign at the southeast corner of Opdyke Road and Takata Drive.  The “football-bowling” entertainment venue is located at 2550 Takata Drive.

The HUB has been an excellent addition to our community.  The owner wishes to add a high-tech LED automatic changeable copy component to the existing sign so that his business can better “get the word out” about their many specials, events, and unique offerings … like axe throwing!

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the following meetings, which will all begin at 7:00 p.m. and be held in the City Council Chamber at City Hall:

  1. Zoning Board of Appeals – Thursday, December 14, 2017 (public hearing / review of the height variance for the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)
  2. Planning Commission – Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (public hearing / review and recommendation to the City Council on the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)
  3. City Council – Monday, January 22, 2018 (review and final decision on the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)

The HUB Stadium Plans To Add New “Hip, Urban” Banquet Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This is just what Auburn Hills needed!

The HUB Stadium (Home of Urban Bowling) has submitted plans to expand the former Big Buck Brewery building located at 2550 Takata Drive to add a new 300-seat banquet facility designed with a cutting edge “hip, renovated urban warehouse atmosphere” in mind.

It will be called @ … as in “at the HUB.”

Rendering of the proposed 9,212 square foot building addition

The new gathering space will be unique to the marketplace as it will be designed as a cool, urban architectural alternative to the traditional banquet facility.  It will have brick walls, wood block flooring, and large wood trusses juxtaposed with refined interior finishes like crystal chandeliers and state-of-the art technology.  “@” will be a great option for business meetings, large gatherings, and weddings.

Proposed building elevation drawings

Total investment is estimated at $1.1 million.  Construction is expected to begin next month with completion taking place in November – just in time for the holiday season.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, May 22nd.

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.

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.

Big Buck Bewery Bottle Comes Down

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

Today, the bottle at the former Big Buck Brewery was taken down.  It marks the new beginning of The HUB, which is planned to be open for business by mid-November.

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It was really quite a process since the bottle stands over 45 feet tall.  For some reason, I had no idea that the bottle was a metal structure that housed a grain mill inside of it.  I always thought it was almost an inflatable-type bottle.

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I got to peek inside today before they removed the outside of the structure.  I heard you can buy the bottle on Craig’s List if you’re interested.

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While I will always have fond memories of Big Buck, which closed in 2006, I’m looking forward to learning how to do some urban bombowling at The HUB.

Big Buck Brewery To Be Transformed Into The “HUB”

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  After almost 10 years of vacancy and neglect, the former Big Buck Brewery building will see new life.

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to transform the dilapidated building, located at 2550 Takata Drive, into a “football-bowling” entertainment venue anticipated to be named the “HUB.”  The interior will include 16 courts with spectating and eating areas, along with two bars, fast casual restaurant, and two private function rooms.

Plans include removing the beer bottle/grain silo and adding an enclosed outdoor deck

Plans include removing the beer bottle/grain silo and adding an enclosed outdoor deck

You may be wondering … what is football-bowling?  The key to this unique game is to knock down bowling pins with a football, while having tons of fun hanging out with friends and family.

The interior will be completely renovated

The interior will be completely renovated

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, September 26th.

Look for more details in the weeks ahead.