Street Proposed To Be Renamed Following Takata’s Acquisition By Joyson

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday, it was announced that air-bag maker Takata Corp. was purchased and merged with Key Safety Systems as part of a $1.6 billion transaction to create a new company called Joyson Safety Systems.  Joyson’s new regional headquarters for the Americas will now be located at 2500 Takata Drive in the City of Auburn Hills.

In addition, we wish to report that with the birth of this new company its associated street address is also proposed to experience a transformation.

Temporary cover placed over the Takata sign visible from Opdyke Road with the new company’s name

After consulting with their neighbor, The HUB Stadium, representatives from Joyson have requested approval from the City Council to change the name of the public street (they both have vehicular access to) from Takata Drive to Innovation Hub.

Location Map

This is not the first time this 1,200 foot long cul-de-sac road has seen a metamorphosis.  It was previously known as Koppy Drive and 24 years ago the City Council authorized the re-naming to Takata Drive after formal request from the company.

Those interested in providing comment or learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

We Want You … In Downtown!

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

The Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) is always seeking creative measures to help the community thrive.  Nearly a decade ago, the Directors of TIFA implemented a Site Improvement Grant, which provides a dollar-for-dollar match to businesses for the improvement of their landscaping, site furnishings, signage and other façade enhancements.

Some of the most recent and noticeable TIFA Site Improvement Grants include The HUB Stadium and Nexteer Automotive.

The TIFA Board of Directors is dedicated to growing Downtown Auburn Hills, and in that spirit, they have approved a new Business Expansion Grant of up to $300,000 in 2018!

The purpose of this grant is to assist commercial businesses looking to expand to a second location in Downtown Auburn Hills.  This recruitment tool can help a restaurant or retail store furnish the building and make it move-in-ready for the new tenant.  The grant is subject to approval by the TIFA Board and is similar to the Site Improvement Grant in that it also requires a dollar-for-dollar match.

The Grant application will be available online soon. If you have any questions, or perhaps are a business owner looking to expand in our Downtown, please contact the City at 248.370.9400.

The HUB Stadium Proposes “To Get The Word Out” With Upgraded Sign

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The HUB Stadium (Home of Urban Bowling) has submitted plans to retrofit and upgrade its existing sign at the southeast corner of Opdyke Road and Takata Drive.  The “football-bowling” entertainment venue is located at 2550 Takata Drive.

The HUB has been an excellent addition to our community.  The owner wishes to add a high-tech LED automatic changeable copy component to the existing sign so that his business can better “get the word out” about their many specials, events, and unique offerings … like axe throwing!

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the following meetings, which will all begin at 7:00 p.m. and be held in the City Council Chamber at City Hall:

  1. Zoning Board of Appeals – Thursday, December 14, 2017 (public hearing / review of the height variance for the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)
  2. Planning Commission – Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (public hearing / review and recommendation to the City Council on the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)
  3. City Council – Monday, January 22, 2018 (review and final decision on the proposed automatic changeable copy sign)

The HUB Stadium Plans To Add New “Hip, Urban” Banquet Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This is just what Auburn Hills needed!

The HUB Stadium (Home of Urban Bowling) has submitted plans to expand the former Big Buck Brewery building located at 2550 Takata Drive to add a new 300-seat banquet facility designed with a cutting edge “hip, renovated urban warehouse atmosphere” in mind.

It will be called @ … as in “at the HUB.”

Rendering of the proposed 9,212 square foot building addition

The new gathering space will be unique to the marketplace as it will be designed as a cool, urban architectural alternative to the traditional banquet facility.  It will have brick walls, wood block flooring, and large wood trusses juxtaposed with refined interior finishes like crystal chandeliers and state-of-the art technology.  “@” will be a great option for business meetings, large gatherings, and weddings.

Proposed building elevation drawings

Total investment is estimated at $1.1 million.  Construction is expected to begin next month with completion taking place in November – just in time for the holiday season.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th 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, May 22nd.

Go Out Or Stay In? Super Bowl Planning Begins

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

This is it!  The big game is Sunday.  Whether you plan to watch the Super Bowl couch commando-style or get into the game at a local hot spot, Auburn Hills has what you need for a great party.

If you’re heading out, check out The HUB Stadium – the Home of Urban Bowling.  Enjoy a game of your own (football included) while you watch the Super Bowl and partake in snacks, sharables, handhelds and Bomb Burgers.

bowlers

Or…visit Great Lakes Crossing Outlets for a taste of MEX – a new, modern, playful restaurant rooted in authentic Mexican flavors.  It’s located in District 6 just a couple doors down from long-time favorite, Bar Louie.  Flat-screens abound in both locations so you won’t miss any of the football action.

mex

Sprinkled throughout the city are favorite bar/restaurants like Red Ox, Hoops Sports & Spirits, Duffy’s Pub and Friday’s.

If you do decide to stay home, at least have someone do the cooking for you.  Buddy’s Pizza, Jimmy Johns, Qdoba, Alfoccinos, Jo’Angela’s Pizza & Deli Co are just a few of the catering options available.

Cheers to a fun and safe game day for all!