New Residential Construction Soars

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Residential construction is on the rebound in Auburn Hills!

The City has seen more new housing starts this year than in the previous five years combined.  A wonderful success story in this renaissance is the Auburn Grove neighborhood, located north of Shimmons Road, west of Squirrel Road.

Auburn Grove Entrance

Twelve new condominium units are now under construction in this neighborhood with four new building permit submittals in the Community Development Department for review.

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A look back at the history of this neighborhood, provided almost two years ago in this blog, shows that this new growth was anticipated, planned for, and now a welcomed sign of Michigan’s economic recovery.

Stay tuned for more good news about several new housing developments proposed in 2014.

New Residential Construction Soars

A Half Acre of History

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

On Squirrel Road, alongside the Clinton River Trail, is a little bit of Auburn Hills history:  Aaron Webster Cemetery.

This half acre of land was set aside in 1836 by Benajeh Aldrich for burial  purposes.  The cemetery was established in the early 1800’s as  part of the Webster farm.  It later became a public burial ground and is now maintained by the City of Auburn Hills.

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Two of the more interesting sites are the grave of Ebenezer Smith (1751-1825) who was a soldier in the American Revolution and that of Elizer Goodrich (1779-1850) who was wounded in the Battle of Chippewa during the War of 1812.  There are numerous other sites of veterans from most of our country’s conflicts.

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Taking a stroll through this pocket cemetery is a trip through the history of Auburn Hills.

A Half Acre of History

Planning Commission Meets Tonight

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Tonight is the last meeting of the year for the Auburn Hills Planning Commission.

The group plans to review two items:

  1. Recommendation to City Council for Approval: Revised Site Plan for The Shoppes at Baldwin Square.  This is a City-initiated proposal to allow the retail center owner to add a new driveway to Alberta to alleviate some traffic concerns in the area.  The property is located at 3975 Baldwin Road, across from the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.
  2. General Discussion: Rebirth of the Angelus Forest PUD Project.  Developer David Steuer will informally introduce a new conceptual proposal to build 84 single-family homes on a 47 acre parcel generally located east of Baldwin Road, north of Collier Road.
Concept Elevations of New Homes Proposed
Concept Elevations of New Homes Proposed

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

Planning Commission Meets Tonight

How Tall Is That Hill?

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Anyone who has traveled along Lapeer Road near the Palace of Auburn Hills has seen “the hill”.  When viewed for the first time from a distance one might not realize it’s a landfill until they get a little closer and see the trucks traversing up and down the hill.   The landfill is referred to as the Oakland Heights Development Landfill and has been around since the early 80’s.

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Those who’ve traveled frequently on Lapeer Road, have seen the hill grow taller each year and those who have paid more attention to the activity may have noticed fewer trucks traveling to the top.  One of the main reasons for this that the hill has just about reached its approved height of 1,265 feet above sea level.

The top of hill is also the highest point in Auburn Hills.

How Tall Is That Hill?

Buy a Tree … Help Others

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The holidays are the perfect time to give back, and the River Church of Auburn Hills is sponsoring a special event which makes it easy to do just that.

Their 4th Annual, Holidays in Auburn Hills event was created to raise funds for deserving local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, The Avondale Theater Company and Avondale Athletics Programs.

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Tree and wreath sales are going on now through December 21st.  On December 14th take part in holiday festivities including an ice carving contest, holiday movies and cartoons, a Christmas cookie walk, children’s carnival games and an Avondale Theater Company performance.

Stop by the tent and check out the teriffic selection of trees and wreaths.  The River Church is located at 255 S. Squirrel Road, just south of Auburn.

Buy a Tree … Help Others

Bucking the Trend

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

I read these quotes on the front page of the Detroit News this morning.  They’re not the most encouraging.

“Things are pretty grim in the immediate Detroit region,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Association of General Contractors of America.

“For the last several years, our guys have been hopeful about the next year and thinking there would be a 5-10 percent uptick, only to not have gotten there when the year’s up,” he said. “The new normal doesn’t make anyone happy right now.”

But, interestingly there’s a place mentioned in the article that’s bucking the trend.  A place that has found a way to grow in these challenging economic times.

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You can read the article by clicking on this link –  Building Jobs Not Rebounding In Metro Detroit

Bucking the Trend