Large Building Taking Shape Across From Pontiac Silverdome

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We have received a number of questions about the large building currently under construction at the northwest corner of Opdyke and Featherstone Roads.  Many have asked … What is it?  What’s going in there?  When will it be complete?

Well, we can answer most of those questions.

The new building is a 108,000 square foot speculative industrial facility.  The project, which was approved by the City Council back in October 2015, is being developed by Burton Katzman and erected by CORE Construction Services.

Illustration of the finished building

The building shell and site work is expected to be complete by July.  No tenant has been finalized at this time, but many companies have shown interest.  Construction costs for this initial stage are anticipated to be $9.5 million.  The future tenant will invest millions of dollars more in interior improvements prior to occupying the building.

Once the building’s tenant is secured, we’ll be sure to let you know.

City Council Authorizes $25.8 Million In New Private Investment

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that the City Council approved two excellent projects yesterday.

The Council’s first action was to approve a proposal by Burton Katzman, estimated at $11.8 million in acquisition and renovation costs, to transform the vacant 128,000 sq. ft. building at 3300 University Drive into updated space for multiple business tenants.  The building was formally occupied by GKN Automotive.  Click here to learn more.

The proposal will break the large building into venue for multiple companies to operate

The proposal will break the large building into a venue for multiple companies to operate

Then, they authorized the construction of a $14 million proposal by Basil and Mike Bacall to build a new Staybridge Suites Hotel and new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel at 907 N. Opdyke RoadClick here to learn more.

Perspective drawing of the buildings

Perspective drawing of the hotel buildings

Both projects are anticipated to start soon.  Stay tuned for updates on their construction.

Creative Plan In The Works To Renovate Vacant GKN Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Great news!  The former GKN Automotive facility located just west of the City’s municipal campus may soon have new life.

An application has been submitted by Burton Katzman for an “outside the box” plan to transform the vacant 128,000 sq. ft. building at 3300 University Drive into updated space for multiple business tenants.  GKN Automotive moved out of the building in October 2014 when they relocated across town to their new state-of-the-art facility at 2200 N. Opdyke Road.

Renovations and improvements proposed to the former GKN Automotive building

Renovations and improvements proposed to the former GKN Automotive building

The 30-year-old building will be fully rehabilitated and refurbished.  Plans show that the facility will be separated into a 50,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant office area (Building A) and a separate 78,000 sq. ft. light industrial area (Building B).  Additional parking will be added to accommodate the change in use.  The total investment is estimated at $11.8 million.

Rendering of Improvements proposed to update the building façade

Rendering of improvements proposed to update the building façade

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th 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, March 28th.

This exciting proposal is just another indication of the strength of the local economy in the City of Auburn Hills.

Market Demand Prompts Proposed New Building Near Silverdome

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

More good news!

An application has been submitted by Burton Katzman to the City of Auburn Hills to allow the construction of a 109,395 sq. ft. light industrial building on a 7.20 acre parcel of land located at the northwest corner of Opdyke and Featherstone Roads.  The proposal also involves rezoning the site from commercial to industrial to facilitate the development, which will be considered concurrently with the site plan review.  The initial investment for this project is estimated at $9.5 million.

Illustration of the proposed building

Illustration of the proposed building

This project is moving forward as a “speculative” building, which means that it is not being built for a specific company.  Why?  To get ahead of the market and meet demand.

The industrial real estate market has rebounded strongly since the Great Recession.  Experts have informed us that vacant available industrial space in the City of Auburn Hills has declined from over four million sq. ft. in 2010 to less than 500,000 sq. ft. today; as the vacancy rate has dropped to a record low of 3.82% (see report).  Since almost all of the existing industrial buildings have been absorbed, businesses looking to expand or locate in our City have nowhere to go.  Burton Katzman wishes to meet that demand by constructing a new building – which takes about one year to complete – and have it ready for future companies wishing to make a quick move in 2016/2017.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th 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, October 26th.

Downtown Auburn Hills Scores Exciting New Project

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The Auburn Hills Planning Commission is scheduled to review a major new private development at their meeting tonight.  The $10 million mixed use, urban loft project planned in Downtown Auburn Hills is generating a lot of excitement in the community.

Rendering of the River's Edge of Auburn Hills (view looking south at the corner)

Rendering of the River’s Edge of Auburn Hills (view looking south at the corner)

The Planned Unit Development (PUD) project called River’s Edge of Auburn Hills, proposed by Burton-Katzman, LLC, will be located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads.  The development will consist of a four-story building with approximately 9,300 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, 21 loft style apartment units on the second and third floors, and 10 two-bedroom apartments units on the fourth floor.

Layout of the project located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads

Layout of the project located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads

The public hearing on the project will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

If recommended for approval by the Commission, the City Council will then vote on the plan on February 3rd.  Assuming Council’s approval is granted, River’s Edge of Auburn Hills is slated to begin construction this summer and be complete by Fall 2015.