Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Bacall Development LLC has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to construct a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive.  The project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.

Rendering of the proposed new development

Rendering of the proposed buildings circling the planned pond and fountain

The luxury apartment community will feature 258 residences in seven buildings of various sizes, with a clubhouse, pool, and park areas.  The buildings will be constructed with high-quality interior and exterior features, including exteriors of masonry and stone veneers with complimentary materials for architectural details.  The residences will consist of one, two, and three bedroom units ranging from 575 square feet to 1,375 square feet.   The developer anticipates rental rates to be comparable to other new apartment complexes in the surrounding area.

Site Plan

The City of Auburn Hills acquired this property from Mound Steel and Superior Concrete in 2012 and has since conducted an environmental clean-up of the site to prepare the land for development.  As part of the new project and land sale, Bacall Development LLC will build a segment of Parkways Boulevard through the site allowing the roadway to extend from Squirrel Road to Adams Road per the City’s Downtown Master Plan.

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

If approved, construction is expected to begin this Fall.

“Residences at River Trail” Proposed Near Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by Old Adams-59 LLC to construct a low-rise multi-family residential development called Residences at River Trail on 15.52 acres of land located west of Old Adams Road, south of M-59.  The bulk of the project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.  The overall investment is estimated at $18 million.

Location map

The project will consist of 106 luxury style-apartment units within six, three-story buildings with 53 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom units.  Rental rates are anticipated to range between $1,000 and $2,000 per month depending on the unit size.  As an amenity for the project’s residents, the developer proposes to preserve over 60% of the site as undeveloped open space.

Rendering of one of the proposed apartment buildings

This proposal provides numerous benefits for the community as it implements the vision of Riverwalk Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan by including a 10 foot wide recreational pathway, which will be open to the public and serve as the Riverwalk’s northern spur.  The new pathway will connect pathway on N. Squirrel Road, through River Woods Park to Old Adams Road creating a long-planned-for recreational loop for biking, running, walking, and cross-country skiing.

Illustrated site plan

Riverwalk Master Plan Trail – planned network

Also, the developer will donate a 1.57-acre parcel of land on the west side of the Clinton River to increase the size of River Woods Park and provide $100,000 to assist with the cost of the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Clinton River to allow the pathway to be extended to Old Adams Road.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, September 24th.

Parkways Boulevard Proposed To Be Extended To Auburn Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that the City of Auburn Hills has initiated the process of changing the street name of Squirrel Court to Parkways Boulevard.  If approved by the City Council, the street name will not officially change until Squirrel Court is physically connected with Parkways Boulevard and open to the public for thru-traffic at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court.  The road connection is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2019.

Aerial map outlining the new east-west roadway to be named Parkways Boulevard.

As background, it has been the City’s long-term plan to create a new roadway, north of Auburn Road, from Downtown Auburn Hills to Adams Road.  The first segment of this new roadway, called Parkways Boulevard, was completed in 2015 adjacent to Adams Road.  The City is currently working with a developer on plans to extend Parkways Boulevard west to the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, thus ultimately connecting the road extension with Squirrel Court.  As a result, the street name for the entire length of Squirrel Court is proposed to be changed to Parkways Boulevard once the two streets are joined into one unified public roadway at Tebeau Court.

The City is proposing this street name change for public health and safety reasons as it would create a clear and continual street name for the new roadway from Auburn Road, near the City’s Riverside Park, to Adams Road once connected.  The selection of Parkways Boulevard as the new street name will assist with rapid property identification by first responders, along with providing improved traffic navigation for the general population.  Also, the “Parkways” street name is fitting as City parks are situated at both ends of the proposed unified roadway.

The street name and address changes would not occur until the roadway is connected and open at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, which is anticipated in Fall 2019.

Those interested in providing comment or learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

Duffy’s Dollar Burger – The Legend Continues

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Anyone familiar with Downtown Auburn Hills knows the best place for lunch on Wednesdays is Duffy’s Pub with their legendary “Dollar-Burger” special.  Over the years, Duffy’s has built a solid reputation of serving some of the juiciest hamburgers in town.  During lunch hours, the pub is packed with people enjoying the lunchtime special with friends and co-workers.

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, no need to worry.  They have a menu full of items that include sandwiches, quesadilla, tacos, nachos, fish & chips, salads and soups that are sure to please the palate.

If you can’t make it to lunch, stop by for dinner and enjoy live music.  Wednesday is karaoke night and live bands play Thursday through Saturday nights.  Duffy’s Irish Pub is located at 3320 Auburn Road and has a municipal parking lot located right behind it.  For more information about Duffy’s Pub, visit them on Facebook.

Informational Meeting To Be Held On Downtown Road Construction

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

The City of Auburn Hills will be holding a public informational meeting regarding the road and utility construction scheduled for Downtown Auburn Hills over the summer.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the University Center, which is located at 3350 Auburn Road.

There will be a presentation regarding the improvements, anticipated timelines of completion, and construction phasing.  City representatives and the selected contractor will be available to answer questions at the conclusion of the meeting.

Downtown Auburn Hills

Here are some quick project facts about the project and frequently asked questions:

  1. What is the anticipated timeline for the construction work?  Construction is scheduled to begin the first week of April and be complete by November 2018.
  2. When will the contractors be working?  Construction activities will take place weekdays, weather permitting. Work on weekends may occur and some night work may be required to make connections to the new water main without disrupting normal business operating hours.
  3. Will the road remain open during construction?  Traffic and local access will be maintained throughout the project.  At the least, one lane of traffic will be open along Squirrel Court and Auburn Road.  There are no scheduled road closures.  Additionally, all sidewalks and off-street parking will be open during construction.
  4. How will I be notified of construction activities?  Each week there will be a construction update meeting open to the public and hosted Downtown. Updates will be posted on the City’s website, as well as social media.  Please contact me, Sam Seimer, at 248-364-6806 with any questions or concerns you may have during the project.

All interested are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

Passionate About Our Downtown? We Have A Job For You!

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

The City of Auburn Hills is extremely passionate about its ever-growing Downtown.  The City focuses a lot of time, resources, and energy in an effort to develop this area into a walkable urban center and beautiful gathering place for the community.

So, Auburn Hills wants to build on this momentum by hiring a part-time Downtown Specialist to assist in the growth and promotion of the Downtown.

City Council members scoop ice cream at Summerfest 2017 in Downtown Auburn Hills

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and self-motivated individual who is looking for a rewarding position and has experience in marketing and communications.  We want someone who has the drive to help the City attract visitors, customers, and additional investment to the Downtown.  Is that you?

To apply, please submit a completed employment application per the requirements on the City’s website.

If you fit this description, we want you!  If you know someone who might love this type of job, please forward this post.  Come join our team!

The University Center: An International Education Destination

Posted by – Sam Seimer, Director of Authorities

The University Center (UC), located in Downtown Auburn Hills at 3350 Auburn Road, is a local public-private partnership that has blossomed into something greater, even worldwide in recent years.

View of the University Center from Auburn Road

The UC is a partnership between the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority, Avondale School District, Oakland University, Baker College and Oakland Community College.  Each semester many classes are hosted at the facility.

Lower level classroom

Upper level classroom

It’s no surprise with how diverse the Auburn Hills business community is, that the globalization trend has spilled over into classes scheduled at the UC.  As of Fall 2017, the building has been home to free adult English as a Second Language Classes for the Avondale community.  The program is provided by Troy Continuing Education, and assists parents within the Avondale community learn life and job skills, as well as American Culture.

Beginning in 2018, the Oakland University Professional and Continuing Education program in conjunction with the Galileo-Saudi Arabia Leadership Project, teachers, administrators, and counselors will begin their program in the UC.  This cultural exchange program is a three-phase project that aims to immerse participants in the American educational process, and both participants and instructors can learn how training can be more effective.

Together, these programs will bring around 100 people to Downtown Auburn Hills and the UC each weekday!  This infusion of people helps the local businesses in the Downtown commercial district by providing additional activity and potential partons.

These programs are just some examples of classes hosted at the UC, if you are interested in learning more about the facility, other events, or rental opportunities, please click here.