One More Year: City Council Extends Approval Of Two Projects

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This past Monday night, the City Council approved one-year extensions for two projects originally proposed for construction this year.  The combined investment for both developments is estimated at $11.7 million.

First, Legend Valve and Fitting intends to build a 59,826 square foot building addition on the west side of their existing facility.  The property is located at 300 N. Opdyke Road.

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Legend Valve took over the former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Second, Basil Bacall plans to construct a 96-room, Hilton Garden Inn hotel.  The site of the new three-story, 67,740 square foot building will be located at 3900 Baldwin Road adjacent to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, directly east of the TownePlace Suites hotel.

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Rendering of the front of the proposed hotel

The developments did not move forward this year due to business timing and financing.  Both are anticipated to begin in 2018.

Thumbs Up: $11.7 Million In New Private Investment Approved

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City Council recently approved two new projects that have a combined investment of $11.7 million.

First, Basil Bacall received authorization to construct a 96-room, Hilton Garden Inn hotel.  The site of the new three-story, 67,740 square foot building will be located at 3900 Baldwin Road adjacent to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, directly east of the TownePlace Suites hotel.

Rendering of the front of the proposed hotel

Rendering of the front of the proposed hotel

Second, Legend Valve and Fitting, Inc. obtained approval to construct a 59,826 square foot building addition on the west side of their existing facility.  The property is located at 300 N. Opdyke Road.  The proposed addition is intended to be used as warehouse and will increase the size of the building to 205,992 square feet.  It will become the 15th largest industrial building in Auburn Hills.

Legend Valve took over the former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Legend Valve took over this former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Both projects are anticipated to begin construction in Spring 2017.

Legend Valve Proposes Facility Expansion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by Legend Valve and Fitting, Inc. for approval to construct a 59,826 square foot building addition on the west side of their existing facility.  The property is located at 300 N. Opdyke Road.  The proposed addition is intended to be used as warehouse and will increase the size of the building to 205,992 square feet.

Legend Valve took over the former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Legend Valve took over the former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Legend Valve designs, manufactures, and supplies valves and fittings for the plumbing industry.  They specialize in on-time delivery of parts to plumbing wholesalers with an industry-leading focus on customer service.

Proposed Building Façade With Addition

Proposed Building Façade With Addition

The total investment in the expansion is estimated at $3.5 million.  Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2017 and be complete by October 2017.

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

A Legendary Transformation You Have To See To Believe

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Legend Valve saw what few could see.

This company had a vision of turning the former Wal-Mart store at 300 N. Opdyke, which had been left to waste away, into a showplace.  In early 2011, they approached the City about renovating the vacant retail store into their corporate headquarters and distribution center.  The City Council asked, “How fast can you do it?”   The rest is history.

Legend Valve designs, manufactures, and supplies valves and fittings for the plumbing industry.   They specialize in on-time delivery of parts to plumbing wholesalers with an industry-leading focus on customer service.  (Our key contact at the company, Larry Emmert, is pictured above inside their warehouse and distribution center).

Legend Valve designs, manufactures, and supplies valves and fittings for the plumbing industry. They specialize in on-time delivery of parts to plumbing wholesalers with an industry-leading focus on customer service. (Our key contact at the company, Larry Emmert, is pictured above inside their warehouse and distribution center).

Today, they’re growing leaps and bounds in their new space because they serve as “the warehouse” for a vast network of plumbing supply wholesalers.  They can hold a lot of product within their 131,000 sq. ft. facility and have plenty of room to expand on their property.  As wholesalers focus on reducing costs, Legend Valve guarantees shipment of its products within 24-hours, so that customers can keep their inventories low and not maintain much storage space at their businesses.  Legend Valve has an error-free transaction policy, no restocking fees, and accepts any size order.  They’re kind of like an Amazon service for plumbing wholesalers, except they discount their prices if they do not deliver as promised.

Legend Valve invested $5 million to obtain and transform the building in 2011/2012

Legend Valve invested $5 million to obtain and transform the building in 2011/2012

As we sat in Legend Valve’s beautiful conference room, which used to be the Wal-Mart photo center, and listened to them talk about their company’s future plans for growth, our team couldn’t help but appreciate their entrepreneurial spirit.

It’s businesses like Legend Valve that make the City of Auburn Hills a strong and prosperous community.