Iron Chef-Worthy

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

It seems like every day in the Community Development Department is an adventure.  We work with so many unique and exciting companies.

Recently, a Building Permit application reconnected me with a business I visited a few years ago … one of my very favorites.

Example of a kitchen in their beautiful showroom
Example of a kitchen in their beautiful showroom

Trevarrow, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of upscale residential kitchen equipment located at 1295 N. Opdyke Rd.

In their well-appointed showroom you’ll find the latest appliance offerings such as Sub-Zero and Wolf in a variety of full-scale kitchen settings.

As if walking through the showroom isn’t tempting enough, they offer product demonstrations including the opportunity to sample delicious foods.

For those who enjoy learning new recipes, Trevarrow offers “Cuisine du Jour” – a hands-on culinary training program with some of Michigan’s top chefs.

“Cuisine du Jour” at Trevarrow
“Cuisine du Jour” at Trevarrow

Classes are held in their Culinary Training Auditorium where attendees sit in comfortable stadium-seating, which overlook a beautiful state-of-the-art kitchen.  Students get to participate in the preparation and creation of the dishes and best of all … eat.  Notes and recipes go home with the students.  To register for their events click here.

If you love to cook, we recommend a visit to Trevarrow.  Bon Appétit!

Iron Chef-Worthy

Who is Dave Ramsey?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Lately, a lot of folks here at City Hall have been asking … Who is Dave Ramsey?

Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey

He’s not an Auburn Hills’ developer or resident.  He’s not even from the State of Michigan.  Dave Ramsey’s a teacher who has helped change thousands of lives over the course of his career.  What does he teach?  Financial literacy (a.k.a., Financial Peace).

Financial Peace?  Isn’t that an oxymoron?  Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Many don’t know that Dave Ramsey’s common sense advice is for everyone. Whether you’re already winning with money or are struggling to make ends meet, he will teach you how to save and invest, live on less than you make, and give generously.

It’s really fun because Dave often uses humor to deliver his advice.  It’s not a quick fix, but the process provides so much hope.

So, why are people asking about Dave Ramsey at City Hall?  My co-worker, Karrie Marsh, has a passion for helping others.  She believes in Dave Ramsey’s program so much that she took the initiative (probably best described as a leap of faith) to facilitate the class for City staff on her own time.  The 8-week class starts tonight, right after work.  If any City employees are still thinking about participating, it’s not too late to sign up with Karrie.  Call her!

Also, if anyone reading this blog would like to find a Financial Peace University class offered near their home or workplace click here.  My wife and I have learned so much about how to manage money from the program.  It’s a great investment.

Who is Dave Ramsey?

Infusion Partners, Inc. Expands Medical Facility

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

No one likes being stuck alone in a hospital bed.  It can be a scary experience, especially  for a child.  Most would rather recuperate with their family in the comfort of their own home.

Well, there’s an Auburn Hills’ business named Infusion Partners, Inc. that’s working to address this challenge.  The good news is that after 10 years they have chosen to stay here at 3355 Bald Mountain Road, Suites 70-60 and expand their only Michigan office.

Infusion Partners, Inc. has expanded in the multi-tenant industrial building located at 3355 Bald Mountain Road.
Infusion Partners, Inc. has expanded in the multi-tenant industrial building located at 3355 Bald Mountain Road.

Infusion Partners, Inc. provides high-tech, sophisticated intravenous therapies at people’s homes.  So, if you or a loved one needed such treatment for an organ transplant, cancer, congestive heart failure, or other illness outside of a hospital setting … they can help.

For example, their “Just for Kids Program” is wonderful.  It’s designed to coordinate their team of experts with parents and doctors to keep children out of the hospital, while providing the clinical expertise they need to get well.  Now, that’s a great thing!

We wish Infusion Partners, Inc. much success.  We’re thankful they chose to grow their Michigan operations right here in the City of Auburn Hills.

Infusion Partners, Inc. Expands Medical Facility

Busy Night Ahead for the Planning Commission

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

I’m sure the members of the Auburn Hills Planning Commission will tell you that they’re never bored serving our community.  It seems like their work is never done.

As a little background, the Planning Commission is a citizen board made up of nine residents who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  They’re essentially volunteers (receive a very small stipend) who serve as a “sounding board” for the City Council by holding public hearings and making sure land use and zoning proposals meet Auburn Hills’ high standards.

The award-winning Auburn Hills Planning Commission
The award-winning Auburn Hills Planning Commission

Each time they get together they tackle interesting and unusual topics.  They will meet again Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chamber to review the following:

Click on the highlighted links to review each item

  1. Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  2. Special Land Use Permit – Pontiac Silverdome I-75 Billboard Replacement
  3. Zoning Ordinance Revision – Holiday Sales Lots Rules
  4. Zoning Ordinance Revision  – Allow Taller Buildings in the Industrial Districts

Feel free to come to the meeting and see the unique role these folks play in guiding the development of our town.

Busy Night Ahead for the Planning Commission

All Aboard the “Semiconductor”

Posted by – Laurie Renaud, Economic Development Coordinator

We are very fortunate to have so many outstanding R&D companies in the City of Auburn Hills.  One of them is a Japanese-based company named Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc. (RIT).  They built their 51,300 sq. ft. facility at 1900 Taylor Road back in 2001 and are looking forward to growing here.

Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the semiconductor industry
Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the semiconductor industry

Originally founded in 1985 as Osmic, Inc by scientist and inventor Dr. Stan Ovshinsky, RIT is now a world leader in the design and manufacturing of tools for X-ray spectrometry and diffraction, X-ray optics, as well as semiconductor metrology.  Their products are used in a variety of applications such as automobiles, computers, construction, farming, and medicine.

An interesting aspect of RIT is that they also develop pharmaceutical products using their X-ray technology, which has led to new medicines for treating diabetes, cancer, and AIDS.  Amazing!

Walking through their building is like being transported into Einstein’s lab.  You can feel the energy of great minds at work.  The fun part of our job is that we get to meet and chat with these scientists and learn about their phenomenal research.

semi_1

We are very proud that Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc. has chosen to grow their business with us.  They help frame Auburn Hills’ place in the world as a R&D powerhouse and hub of innovation.

All Aboard the “Semiconductor”

New Electronic Billboard Proposed on I-75

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Progress is good!  The Pontiac Silverdome’s billboard sign along I-75 is proposed to be replaced with a new state-of-the art LED digital display.

What?  The Silverdome’s located in the City of Pontiac, right?

Well, yes it is … but back in 1994 the former Pontiac Stadium Building Authority received approval and constructed an “off-site” billboard in Auburn Hills on the east side of I-75, just south of Auburn Road.

That sign is now looking pretty old and tired, so the Silverdome’s new owner is working with Vann Advertising, based in Ontario, Canada, to replace it with much more sophisticated digital technology.  The total investment is estimated at $650,000.

View of the existing sign and proposed replacement sign looking southbound on I-75
View of the existing sign and proposed replacement sign looking southbound on I-75

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing regarding the proposal on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.   If all goes well, Vann Advertising plans to install the new sign by mid-April.

New Electronic Billboard Proposed on I-75

The Stone of Hope

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

This past Christmas our family traveled to visit my wife’s family for a short vacation in a town just outside of Washington, D.C.  It was a wonderful time of talking, eating, playing board games, and just chilling out.

A highlight of the trip was our visit to see the monuments in our nation’s capital.  However, mother nature put a hamper on our intentions.  It was so wet and cold that we only saw two:  the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  With five kids with us, who didn’t like the cold rain, our grand plan to see more sights was thwarted.

My family and I standing in front of "The Stone of Hope."
My family and I standing in front of “The Stone of Hope.”

However, I did not want to leave the MLK Memorial as quickly as the others.  It was such a peaceful place.

It’s theme was based on a line from Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech …“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”  So, when you arrive you literally pass through a mountain of despair on the way to the stone of hope.  There are two pieces of granite separated like a void which symbolizes the mountain of despair.  Once you walk between them you see a 30-foot tall granite relief of Dr. King, who is depicted as the stone of hope.  This was done to symbolically move us through the civil rights struggle as he did during his short life.

As we were leaving, I started to read the fourteen quotes from Dr. King’s speeches, sermons, and writings that were inscribed on a wall surrounding the memorial.   This one especially hit home with me.

Taken from Dr. King's book Strength to Love.
Taken from Dr. King’s book Strength to Love.

This quote was taken from a sermon in his book Strength to Love originally published in 1963 – 50 years ago.  The book outlined why love will always overcome evil.  It was the first volume of sermons by an African-American preacher widely available to a white audience, mostly written while in jail as a result of his role in peaceful demonstrations.  At the age of 35, he was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  Sadly, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 just a few months after his 39th birthday.

Dr. King’s message of love and tolerance is a gift.  His powerful vision inspires me, and many others, in remembrance of him today.

The Stone of Hope