Topgolf Auburn Hills Plans Finalized

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Great news!  In mid-July, we wrote that Dallas-based Topgolf submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills for approval to build a golf-themed hospitality and entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  Today, the site plan was submitted to the Planning Commission for public hearing and formal review.

In Fall 2017, Topgolf plans to begin construction on a 65,432 square foot building, with an associated driving range, on a 16.57 acre site located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road.

Lowe’s was originally proposed for the site.  That project began in 2008, but unfortunately did not move past the mass grading stage due to the Great Recession, which left the site in a blighted state.  Now, almost a decade later, Topgolf plans to invest millions of dollars into this complicated property to give it new life.  In addition, Topgolf Auburn Hills is anticipated to be a catalyst in “driving” interest in the development of the adjacent 4.9 acres to the east.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will join Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, which hosts SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center (opening soon), and the AMC Star Great Lakes theater megaplex, in making the City of Auburn Hills a premier destination to shop and have fun.

Below are artist renderings of what the $12.5 million project is anticipated to look like:

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

Topgolf Aiming “Fore” Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Wow!  Dallas-based Topgolf has formally submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills for approval to build a $12.5 million golf themed entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  It will be their first location in Michigan.

Photos Courtesy of Topgolf

What is Topgolf?  TopGolf stands for “Target Oriented Practice Golf.”  Think of it like bowling or darts, but for golf.  When it’s your turn, you hit a golf ball containing a personalized microchip into one of 11 targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away.  Every section of every target has a reader that detects the microchip in your golf ball.  That reader computes your score based on the accuracy and distance of the shot and then sends the score to your bay screen.  So, pencil and paper are not needed to keep score in this game.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will include approximately 3,000 square feet of private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time.  It will feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, 270 big screen TVs, and music.  The facility will be open year-round and programming will include events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

This two minute video provides an overview of the venue:

The 65,000 square foot facility is proposed on a 16 acre site located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road.  Lowe’s was originally proposed for the site in 2008, but the project did not move forward due to the recession.

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

Topgolf anticipates starting construction soon after City Council approval with an opening to the public in Fall 2018.

New Nike Shop Opens At Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

No excuses now…it’s time to start training.  The new Nike Factory Store at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets opened last weekend to a large, pre-4th of July shopping crowd.

Located in District 9 – right next to the District 9 mall entrance near Bass Pro Shops – the new 14,000 sq. ft. store houses an expanded selection of merchandise including some of the Jordan Retro line.

Stop by for peek at Nike’s new digs.

Discover Something New at Sea Life Aquarium

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

A new exhibit recently opened at Sea Life Aquarium in Auburn Hills and it includes one of the most intelligent creatures of the ocean; the octopus.  Yes, you can now see this Einstein of the ocean at the new Octopus Hideout.

It may be a bit of a challenge to spot in the exhibit because this brilliant invertebrate is also a master of disguise.  It blends in with its surroundings and hides in the smallest of places.

Will you be able to spot it despite its camouflage?   There’s only one way to find out and that’s by visiting Sea Life’s Octopus Hideout where you can see this marvelous eight-legged creature.

The Hideout is also home to a nautilus, the common cuttlefish, sea hare and live coral.

New Ninjago Training Camp Opens in Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Do you have what it takes to become a Master of Spinjitzu?  If you’re interested in finding out, now is the time to drop by LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s new Ninjago Training Camp in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

Participants will hone skills in building a ninja dojo, test reaction time, speed and accuracy and sharpen focus with the Buzz Mountain Challenge.  The final training mission requires persistence and caution through the Laser Maze for the ultimate Ninja test.

In the end, will you have what it takes to join Kai, Jay, Nya and Zane of the Ninjago team?  Your final score will give you the answer.

Nike Is On The Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Commuity Development Executive Assistant

Nike Factory Store is planning to move to a new location in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets early this Summer.  Construction is already underway in their new space, which is located in District 9, just north of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

This new location will provide increased square footage for the retailer. The grand opening is scheduled for June 2017.

Current location in District 1 will be open until June

Check out the new Nike Factory Store this summer.

Michigan’s First ‘Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center’ Coming In Y2017

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Exciting news!   Round 1 Bowling and Amusement is coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  It is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 is expected to strengthen Great Lakes Crossing Outlets’ position in the marketplace as a one-stop-shop fun and entertainment destination – joining SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, and the AMC Star Great Lakes theater megaplex.

Stay tuned for further updates.