City Council Takes Action On Development Proposals

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that last night the City Council approved the following development applications:

Oakland Technology Park – I-75 Signs:  Request by General Development Company to allow the installation of three new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park.  The first of the three new signs will be installed by Hirotec America later this summer.

Rendering of how the massing and spacing of the signs will look along I-75 from a driver’s perspective

Rochester Soccer Club Rezoning:  Request by the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to rezone their 29.4 acre property located at 3200 Dutton Road from R-1A, One-Family Residential District to T&R, Technology and Research District.  The rezoning will provide the club with options when making a decision in the future to either expand their existing soccer complex or move their operations to a new location.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

New Signs Proposed To Proclaim Corporate HQ’s Along I-75

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that a development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by General Development Company to allow the installation of new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park.

Rendering of how the massing and spacing of the signs will look along I-75 from a driver’s perspective

This proposal will allow three additional signs for a total of five along this stretch of I-75.  All the signs will be evenly spaced and similar in size.  Two signs exist today in the area for Henniges and Faurecia.  One of the three new signs proposed will be installed by Hirotec America.  The other two new signs will be assigned to future businesses currently being recruited for the remainder parcels within the Oakland Technology Park.

The sign concept is similar to the “stylons” utilized at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, but much shorter at 20 feet in height.  Like Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, the Oakland Technology Park is a distinctive area in the City.  However, this tract of land is unique as the businesses located within the park are hidden behind a significant strand of trees, as shown in the mocked-up drone photo below.

Mock-up of bird’s-eye photo showing the massing and spacing of the proposed signs

The new signs will allow the corporate headquarters within the Oakland Technology Park to be showcased in a tasteful, aesthetically pleasing way.  This is particularly important along the highly sought-after I-75 corridor where 100,000 plus vehicles travel each day.  The City is enthusiastic about the public having an opportunity to be reminded of the type and caliber of businesses that call Auburn Hills home, particularly in this park where they cannot be seen.

The resurgence of the Oakland Technology Park has been a bright spot for the City of Auburn Hills and Oakland County as it has fueled the region’s economic recovery from the Great Recession.  Since 2011, General Development Company has developed and built nine projects for national and international companies within the park totaling 1.2 million square feet.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 9th 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, June 11th.

Steel Going Up For Hutchinson’s HQ Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

As an update, construction on Hutchinson’s new 60,502 square foot corporate headquarters is moving along on schedule.  The $8 million development is located on property west of Cross Creek Parkway, south of University Drive.  Hutchinson will lease the facility from General Development Company upon completion.

View of the building under construction

Rendering of the finished building

The project was approved by the City Council in late April, mass grading began in May, and now the steel frame of the building is being erected.  The facility is anticipated to be complete and ready for occupancy by June 2018.

INCOE Corporation To Build $20 Million World Headquarters Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by General Development Company to the City of Auburn Hills for approval to construct a 135,000 square foot corporate office / industrial building for INCOE Corporation.  The project will be situated on a 15.36 acre parcel that is located on the south side of High Meadow Circle, adjacent to Faurecia.

Rendering of the proposed building

INCOE is a global company that is 100% family owned and operated.  The business, which began in 1958 as INjection COntrol Engineering, develops hot runner technology for injection molded plastic applications utilized in virtually every market around the world.  INCOE will consolidate and expand operations from three separate locations in the Metro Detroit area to this single facility in the Oakland Technology Park.  The total investment is estimated at $20 million.

Site Plan

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th 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, June 26th.

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.

Renishaw’s New Facility Remains On Schedule

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Construction on Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research facility has just about reached its halfway point.

newThe facility, located within the Oakland Technology Park, will help provide turnkey measuring solutions to the Automotive Industry, including Chrysler, Ford and GM.

rendering

Renishaw’s products and business solutions allows the company to cross over to other industries including aerospace and medical.

Construction Of Renishaw’s New Research Facility On Schedule

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that construction on Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research building is moving forward on schedule.  The facility is located at the terminus of Deepwood Drive within the Oakland Technology Park.  The project was approved by the City Council on July 25, 2016.

Renishaw is expected to be complete by May 2017

Renishaw is expected to be complete by May 2017

Rendering of the building

Rendering of the building

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies with expertise in precision measurement and health care.  This new $5 million facility is expected to employ 35 people and will enable the company to provide turnkey measuring solutions to the automotive industry, including FCA US, Ford and GM, along with supporting the aerospace and medical industries.