Quick Start For “One Stop Ready” Hutchinson HQ Project

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City of Auburn Hills has been working closely with General Development Company to help facilitate their construction of Hutchinson’s new 60,502 square foot corporate office building on property located west of Cross Creek Parkway, south of University Drive.  The smooth start for the $8 million project is a testament to both the City’s intense focus on customer service and the developer’s expertise in construction.

Tree clearing is underway on the Hutchinson HQ project

Staff began review of the project’s site plan in late March and the City Council authorized construction on April 24th.  Tree clearing began in early May and will soon be complete.  Mass grading of the site is scheduled for next week and the erection of steel is anticipated to begin in August.  This pace is crazy fast and efficient when benchmarked against other municipalities across the nation, which is a source of pride for both our community and Oakland County.

The property is situated within the Oakland Technology Park, just south of the Delphi building.

Auburn Hills is part of Oakland County’s One Stop Ready Program, which is a proactive initiative aimed at streamlining the development approval processes in communities throughout the County.  The program was created after the Great Recession in an effort to better recruit and retain businesses, which in return brings more jobs and a stronger tax base.  This project is an excellent real world example of the program in action as it kept over 200 jobs in our town.

General Development Company anticipates the building will be ready for occupancy by June 2018.  We will be sure to report back with updates as construction progresses.

Hutchinson To Build New $8 Million North American HQ

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by General Development Company for approval to construct a 60,502 square foot corporate office building for Hutchinson on a 5.47 acre parcel located on the west side of Cross Creek Parkway, between University Drive and High Meadow Circle.

The property is situated within the Oakland Technology Park, just south of the Delphi building

French-based Hutchinson is made up of five divisions in North America. Four of them focus on the automotive industry with a fifth dedicated to aerospace and defense.  Their automotive divisions in Auburn Hills include anti-vibration and belt drive systems, fluid management systems, body sealing, and precision sealing systems.

The City of Auburn Hills is pleased that Hutchinson, currently located at 1060 Centre Road, has chosen to remain in our community for an additional 15 years under their new lease with General Development Company.  They originally moved to Auburn Hills in 2000.  An estimated 225 people will be employed at the new facility.

Site Plan

The total investment in the project is estimated at $8 million.  Upon approval, construction is anticipated to begin next month and be complete by June 2018.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th 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, April 24th.