Leaders and Innovators of Tomorrow

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Oakland University, home of the Golden Grizzlies, has a history of preparing students for the jobs of the present and future.  The jobs that will continue to play a major role in our nation’s economic prosperity in the modern global economy revolve around science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Auburn Hills is home to numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automotive, BorgWarner, and Continental that are often in need of employees with skill sets in STEM.

OU Science Engineering Event

This Saturday, February 1st, Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science will be hosting their Engineering & Computer Science Day which will allow our leaders and innovators of tomorrow a chance to explore the exciting academic and research opportunities offered at OU.

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For more information on this and other admission events, please click here.

Leaders and Innovators of Tomorrow

Ace Will Be The Place

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

ACO Hardware at 3271 South Blvd. at Squirrel, is currently having a “Total Inventory Blowout.”  Everything in the store is being sold for 10%  up to 40% off original prices and red or green tag items are an additional 10% off.  Generally, that would indicate that the store is going out of business.  Well, in a way it is, however, what is going to happen is that the ACO Hardware is going to become an Ace Hardware.

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ACO Hardware has been a Michigan chain founded in 1946 and headquartered in Farmington Hills.  The hardware retailer has joined Ace Hardware, the country’s largest hardware cooperative.  The transition will occur over approximately six months.

So, don’t be alarmed that ACO is leaving Auburn Hills, be glad that the City is retaining a hardware business at a long standing location.  And, while you’re at it, get in there to get some big time hardware savings.

Ace Will Be The Place

Prevent the “Yikes!” Caused by Frozen Pipes

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having a water pipe freeze and burst in your home you know the damage it can cause.  The water can run through your walls and ceiling and into your basement, leading to major repairs or the destruction of cherished items.  Yikes!   It’s not something you would want to wake up to or come home to especially after a long days work.  According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, the damage caused by frozen pipes can surpass $5,000.

Frozen pipes are often located along exterior walls and in the basement, attic and garage
Frozen pipes are often located along exterior walls and in the basement, attic and garage

For peace of mind during these frigid winter temperatures follow some of these simple and low cost steps to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  1. Wrap water pipes with foam pipe insulation and hold the insulation in place with duct tape.
  2. Position ridged foam board insulation between the water pipes and the wall to protect the pipes from freezing temperatures.
  3. Secure thermostatic heating tape around the pipes with duct tape.  The heat tape will help maintain a constant pipe temperature.
  4. Fill any gap between the brick and outside faucet pipe with an insulating foam sealant.
  5. Turn off the water supply to your outside faucet and place an insulated cover over it.
  6. If you lost power, let the water run in your faucet no faster than a slow constant drip.
  7. Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow warmer air to circulate around faucet pipes.
  8. If you need supplemental heat you can add a space heater to a room where pipes may be at risk (monitor the heater periodically).

Following these simple steps can save you money, time and grief this winter.

Prevent the “Yikes!” Caused by Frozen Pipes

Think Fresh: Subway Coming to Joslyn

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Did you know that Subway has over 41,209 restaurants in over 105 countries?  We can add one more to the list!  Subway is opening a new store in Auburn Hills and it will be sandwiched (pun intended) between the new Biggby Coffee and Jakes Fireworks at 4217 Joslyn Road.   With an aggressive construction schedule, the anticipated opening is expected around April 1st.

The new Subway shop will located right next to Biggby Coffee
The new Subway shop will located right next to Biggby Coffee

It’s great news for the owners of the former RetailWorks retail center and the City.  Once a casualty of the Great Recession, it’s now home to several new businesses and that list is continuing to grow.   The center is located on the west side of Joslyn Road just north of the I-75 exit ramps, is easily accessible and right in the mix of the bustling Great Lakes Crossing Outlets area.

Think Fresh: Subway Coming to Joslyn

Watch the Oil and Gas Drilling Workshop

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

If you were unable to attend the City Council’s workshop held on Monday, January 20th and would like to check it out … you’re in luck!  A video of the meeting is now available to view (see YouTube video below).  The workshop featured presentations from two experts in field of oil and gas exploration, along with Q&A from the Council.  It was very informative.

Stay tuned for future updates on this topic.

Watch the Oil and Gas Drilling Workshop

See What You’re Missing!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Community Development is pleased to announce the opening of Eyeglass World, a new optical store located at 3905 Baldwin Road.

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If you’re in the market for new glasses, this well-established optical chain offers everyday great deals like two pairs of single vision eyeglasses for $78, two pairs of lined bifocals for $138 and two pairs of no-line bifocals for $158.

On their website you will find a fun “Virtual Try On” feature where you can upload your photo, determine your face shape and try on hundreds of frames  from Ray-Ban®, Coach®, Tory Burch®, DKNY® and many more.  Of course I had to try this.  Loved it!  It’s really easy to see what works and what doesn’t.

Optical technicians make the lenses and glasses in the on-site optical lab, so most glasses are available for pick up the same day they are ordered.  If you wear contacts, Eyeglass World sells all major contact lens brands, and eye exams are available by an independent optometrist or ophthalmologist located inside.

Check them out at their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Friday, January 31st from 10:00am  to 12:00pm and help us welcome them to Auburn Hills!

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See What You’re Missing!

Downtown Auburn Hills Scores Exciting New Project

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The Auburn Hills Planning Commission is scheduled to review a major new private development at their meeting tonight.  The $10 million mixed use, urban loft project planned in Downtown Auburn Hills is generating a lot of excitement in the community.

Rendering of the River's Edge of Auburn Hills (view looking south at the corner)
Rendering of the River’s Edge of Auburn Hills (view looking south at the corner)

The Planned Unit Development (PUD) project called River’s Edge of Auburn Hills, proposed by Burton-Katzman, LLC, will be located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads.  The development will consist of a four-story building with approximately 9,300 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, 21 loft style apartment units on the second and third floors, and 10 two-bedroom apartments units on the fourth floor.

Layout of the project located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads
Layout of the project located at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads

The public hearing on the project will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

If recommended for approval by the Commission, the City Council will then vote on the plan on February 3rd.  Assuming Council’s approval is granted, River’s Edge of Auburn Hills is slated to begin construction this summer and be complete by Fall 2015.

Downtown Auburn Hills Scores Exciting New Project