Green Infrastructure: What A Beautiful Idea!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) hosted the Summer Quarterly Meeting of the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM) last week.  Councilwoman Cheryl Verbeke was on hand to welcome everyone and share some of the exciting things happening in Auburn Hills.

Representatives from 18 different communities attended to learn about the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)’s new Green Infrastructure Vision for the region.  Amy Mangus, Leader of SEMCOG’s Plan Implementation Team gave an enlightening presentation about the importance of green infrastructure.

Amy Mangus presents to the group on the topic of Green Infrastructure

Ms. Mangus explained that most of us think of our roads, electric, gas, water, and sewer networks when the term infrastructure is used.   These assets, often referred to as “grey” infrastructure, help a municipality function.  However, closely tied to grey infrastructure is a network of “green” infrastructure which includes parks, wetlands, and trees.  These assets are also very important to the economic health and vitality of the region.  Each community has a role to play in planning for, preserving, and enhancing these resources.  SEMCOG’s vision helps to outline a game plan for the future.

Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills
Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills

It was an excellent meeting and the BAC was happy to be able to host it right here in the City of Auburn Hills.

 

Green Infrastructure: What A Beautiful Idea!

Noah’s Event Center In The Works

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

There’s a flood of excitement about this project!

We are pleased to report that Noah’s has submitted a proposal to the City of Auburn Hills to build a 10,300 sq. ft. multi-purpose event and conference center at the southwest corner of North Squirrel Road and Cross Creek Parkway.   The $4 million, state-of-the-art facility will be used for corporate training, small conferences, weddings, and receptions.

Noah's anticipates breaking ground in September with opening expected to occur sometime in April 2015.
Noah’s anticipates breaking ground in September with opening expected to occur sometime in April 2015.

Founded in Utah in 1953, Noah’s currently operates seven facilities with locations in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.  The company plans to open 15 additional facilities across the United States by the end of Y2015.  This will their first event center in Michigan.

Noah's is planned in the area blocked in yellow.  The site is across the street from the City's municipal campus
Noah’s is planned in the area blocked in yellow. The site is across the street from the City’s municipal campus

Noah’s is designed to only accommodate one event at a time and with its main focus to serve the business community.  Corporate activities/events (e.g., training, expos, and team building) are expected to be held during the week with weddings and receptions anticipated to take place during the weekends.

Site Plan for Noah's
Site Plan for Noah’s

The public hearing for this proposal is scheduled to be held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, July 14th.

Noah’s Event Center In The Works

E7 Solutions Officially Welcomed to Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Darren Darge, Senior Code Enforcement Officer

Last night, we had the honor and pleasure of joining Mayor Kevin McDaniel, Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kittle, and several others at the E7 Solutions ribbon cutting ceremony.  It’s official, E7 Solutions is now part of the City’s beautiful and expanding Downtown area.

Ribbon Cutting held yesterday at E7 Soultions
Ribbon Cutting held yesterday at E7 Soultions

E7 Solutions’ CEO and founder, Edmond Delude, is a system engineer and management professional with over 15 years of program management, process development, and release management experience for software applications.

Since 2008, he has leveraged both his skills and relationships to establish a full-service consulting firm which also includes data and project management. We met with Edmond and his team last night and their Downtown Auburn Hills office is really something to see.  The décor brings both hi-tech and style to our Downtown along with a great team of smart, innovated, and professional people.

Edmond is a personal friend of mine and I wanted to say congratulations and welcome to Auburn Hills.  The City is honored and excited to have you.

E7 Solutions Officially Welcomed to Downtown Auburn Hills

Fish Tales

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

In celebration of River Day,  71 youthful fishing enthusiast participated the 11th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby held at Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills this past Saturday.

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There were plenty of fish caught and even more family memories made during the perfect sun filled day.

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Volunteers from Trout Unlimited Vanguard Chapter were on hand to provide assistance to anyone who might have hooked into one of the 650 rainbow trout released in the river for the derby.  Thanks to Bass Pro Shop, the Derby’s main sponsor, every kid walked away with a raffle prize.

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To view pictures of the event please visit the Auburn Hills Facebook Page.  https://www.facebook.com/CityofAuburnHills

Fish Tales