Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development
We wish to report that the City of Auburn Hills has initiated the process of changing the street name of Squirrel Court to Parkways Boulevard. If approved by the City Council, the street name will not officially change until Squirrel Court is physically connected with Parkways Boulevard and open to the public for thru-traffic at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court. The road connection is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2019.
As background, it has been the City’s long-term plan to create a new roadway, north of Auburn Road, from Downtown Auburn Hills to Adams Road. The first segment of this new roadway, called Parkways Boulevard, was completed in 2015 adjacent to Adams Road. The City is currently working with a developer on plans to extend Parkways Boulevard west to the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, thus ultimately connecting the road extension with Squirrel Court. As a result, the street name for the entire length of Squirrel Court is proposed to be changed to Parkways Boulevard once the two streets are joined into one unified public roadway at Tebeau Court.
The City is proposing this street name change for public health and safety reasons as it would create a clear and continual street name for the new roadway from Auburn Road, near the City’s Riverside Park, to Adams Road once connected. The selection of Parkways Boulevard as the new street name will assist with rapid property identification by first responders, along with providing improved traffic navigation for the general population. Also, the “Parkways” street name is fitting as City parks are situated at both ends of the proposed unified roadway.
Those interested in providing comment or learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.