$14 Million In New Investment Authorized By The City Council

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Y2017 continues to be a robust year for the City of Auburn Hills in terms of development activity.  This past Monday night, the City Council authorized $14 million in new construction.

The Council approved a speculative 98,084 square foot high tech facility proposed by JAR Development Company near the southeast corner of Joslyn Road and Pacific Drive.  The site is best known for being part of the former Kmart property.  The initial investment for the building shell and site improvements is estimated at $4 million.  Additional monies will be spent to finish the interior once a company is found for the building.

Proposed building façade – view from Pacific Drive

They also approved the construction of a 97-room Candlewood Suites hotel proposed by the Samona Property Group within the Dutton Corporate Centre PUD.  The new $10 million hotel will be located on vacant land situated between the development’s existing retail center and the new Kia Dealership, which is currently under construction.  The property is generally located east of Lapeer Road, south of Dutton Road.

Rendering of the proposed hotel

Both projects are anticipated to begin this summer.

New R&D Facility Proposed For Former Kmart Parking Lot

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by J.A.R. Development Company for approval to construct a speculative 98,084 square foot office / light industrial facility near the southeast corner of Joslyn Road and Pacific Drive.  The 5.79 acre site is situated within the former Kmart parking lot between the gas station and Inalfa Roof Systems.   J.A.R. is currently in discussions with several potential tenants for the building.

Proposed building façade – View from Pacific Drive

J.A.R. specializes in the design and development of attractive light industrial facilities.  The company has constructed a number of similar buildings in Auburn Hills over the past 20 years.  The City is excited to see this project come forward as it will be an improvement to the area by redeveloping the unsightly sea of parking.  J.A.R. plans to create a R&D facility similar to its previous transformation of the adjacent Food Town grocery store into Inalfa Roof System’s Tech Center.  The development will also provide quality landscaping to upgrade the aesthetics of the property as visible from adjacent developments.

Site Plan

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