$20 Million “Transformative” Housing Development To Proceed In Downtown Auburn Hills

On Monday night, the Auburn Hills City Council approved a transformative proposal from Bacall Development LLC. The Farmington Hills-based developer plans to build a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land once utilized for industrial purposes. The property is generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive.   


Rendering of the proposed buildings circling the planned pond and fountain

Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills will feature 258 luxury apartment homes in seven, three-story buildings. It will include garages and carports, a clubhouse with fitness center and pool, and park area. The residences will consist of one, two, and three bedroom units ranging from575 to 1,375 square feet in size. Rental rates are anticipated to range between $800 and $1,875 per month depending on the unit size and selected amenities.

Rendering of the new development

The City acquired this property from Mound Steel andSuperior Concrete in 2011/2012 and has since conducted an environmental clean-up of the site to prepare the land for redevelopment. As part of the new project and land sale, Bacall Development LLC will build a segment of Parkways Boulevard through the site allowing the roadway to extend from Squirrel Road to Adams Road per the City’s Downtown Master Plan.

Aerial view of the site taken in 2010

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2019 with the completion of the new Parkways Boulevard extension anticipated by November2019. It will take approximately one year to prepare the site, build theParkways Boulevard extension, and install the utilities needed to serve the site.  Thus, the first apartment units constructed are not expected to be ready for occupancy until Summer 2020.  Finalization of the entire project is anticipated by December 2021.

We look forward to updating the community on this exciting project in the months and years ahead.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

$20 Million “Transformative” Housing Development To Proceed In Downtown Auburn Hills

Discover Larco Bros. Pizzeria in Downtown Auburn Hills

The Larco Family tradition continues in Downtown Auburn Hills! We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Larco Bros. Pizzeria at 3329 Auburn Road. This new Italian restaurant is located near the intersection of Auburn Road and Squirrel Court, in the building previously occupied by Jo’Angela’s Pizza and Deli. The restaurant interior has been updated to offer a quaint and cozy dining room that provides guests a pleasant dining experience they will be sure to enjoy.

Larco Bros Interior

Larco Bros. Pizzeria’s menu offers a wide variety of items including signature pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches with delicious deli meats and cheeses, minestrone soup, delectable desserts, and their gourmet hand-tossed pizzas made with daily fresh ingredients and baked over a stone deck oven.

Larco Bros Sign

In addition to a quaint and cozy atmosphere, Larco Bros. Pizzeria offers takeout, delivery, and catering to serve your needs best.

Be sure to stop in and discover Larco Bros. Pizzeria today!

 

Brandon Skopek, Director of Authorities

Discover Larco Bros. Pizzeria in Downtown Auburn Hills

Speedway Gas Station Proposed Near Joslyn Road / I-75 Interchange

A development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by Speedway, LLC for approval to construct a passenger and commercial vehicle fueling station and convenience store on a 5.07-acre parcel generally located west of Joslyn Road, between Great Lakes Crossing Drive and Pacific Boulevard. The property is adjacent to a closed landfill.

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Site location and proposed plan

The project will consist of a passenger vehicle fueling area with 16 fuel pumps in the front of the site, a commercial vehicle area with three diesel fueling pumps in the rear of the site, and a 4,608 square foot convenience store. The total investment is estimated at $3 million.

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Rendering of the building façade viewed from Joslyn Road

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, November 26th.

If approved by the City Council, the project’s construction is anticipated to begin in August 2019 with completion taking place in April 2020.

 

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Speedway Gas Station Proposed Near Joslyn Road / I-75 Interchange

Time To Make The Donuts … Dunkin’ Donuts Now Open!

It’s safe to say that anyone growing up in the 1980s will recall the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with the baker leaving to work each morning uttering the legendary line “Time to make the donuts.” Well, we’re pleased to announce that the legend will be continuing right here in the City of Auburn Hills, with today’s opening of Dunkin’ Donuts at 2701 University Drive. To celebrate their opening, they will be offering customers a free medium hot coffee all day today.

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Mandy Ristic, Director of Operations (Left) Christina Moore, Restaurant Manager (right)

This new modernized store with drive-thru, located on University Road just east of I-75, will not only be selling a wide assortment of fresh donuts, which they are famous for but also some of the best coffee in town. This is great news not only for Auburn Hills residents but also for the hundreds of commuters traveling on University Drive to I-75 during their morning commute.

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View of the new store from University Drive

If hot coffee and donuts aren’t your meal of choice no need to worry, Dunkin’ Donuts now offers a wide range of food and drink options, including breakfast sandwiches, bagels, fritters, muffins, soft drinks, hot and cold tea, and coffee, all made fresh daily. Two items that might catch the eye of young kids or someone looking for a quick snack are the waffle breaded chicken tenders or donut fries. One treat that is sure to hit the spot.

So if you’re looking for a new place to pick up your morning breakfast and beverage or just want to treat yourself to a tasty donut or snack, check out the new Auburn Hills Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s sure to be a hit!

Shawn Keenan, City Planner

 

Time To Make The Donuts … Dunkin’ Donuts Now Open!

New Office Proposed On Northern Portion Of Former Country Kitchen Property

A development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by Opdyke Medical, PLLC to construct a one-story, 8,100 square foot medical office building on a 2.26-acre parcel of land located on the east side of Opdyke Road, just north of the Clinton River. The site is part of a larger 12.23-acre parcel owned by the City, which is best known as the Country Kitchen property. The City intends to sell the 2.26-acre parcel to Opdyke Medical, PLLC. A grant is being sought by the City from the State of Michigan to obtain the funds to develop the land south of the Clinton River into a new park called Kayak Point.

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Aerial photo of the location

Opdyke Medical. PLLC is a family practice outpatient medical office that has been operating their business in the City of Auburn Hills for more than 24 years. They are currently growing out of their existing facility located at 719 South Opdyke Road. The proposed new building will have 15 exam rooms, six offices, a lab, an x-ray room, and a lounge for their existing practice as well as a separate 1,000 square foot space that they intend to lease out to Trinity Health (St. Joseph Hospital). Trinity Health plans to use the space to complete diagnostic testing including echocardiograms, dopplers, ultrasounds as well as having a phlebotomy station on site. The new office building will provide Opdyke Medical, PLLC the accommodations they need to continue their successful practice for many years into the future.

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Rendering of the proposed building viewed from Opdyke Road

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Site plan

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, November 26th.

If approved by the City Council, the project’s construction would begin by Spring 2019 with completion anticipated by Fall 2019.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

New Office Proposed On Northern Portion Of Former Country Kitchen Property

Downtown Truck Traffic

As major road construction in our downtown comes to an end in the next few days, it is important for the City to protect its investment through traffic management. Well over $3 million was spent on new streets, landscape, sidewalks, round-a-bout, and underground utilities to position our downtown for its next growth phase. We are most grateful to our downtown merchants who have endured months of inconvenience but have persevered through it all and to the many citizens and visitors who often had to detour around it.

As part of the complete opening of all of the streets downtown, we will begin enforcing limitations on truck traffic today. We have already observed very large trucks continuing to use our downtown as a pass-through; driving over sidewalks, jumping curbs, and significantly damaging landscaped surfaces. New traffic control orders that go into effect today (November 8, 2018) will require trucks to use specific routes to get to our downtown for local deliveries only. No truck traffic, including for local deliveries, will be permitted on North Squirrel Road from Auburn Road to the M-59 interchange. Citations will be issued to truck drivers who disregard these traffic control orders.

It is our intention to make certain that we provide the information necessary to prevent truck drivers from receiving unnecessary tickets due to lack of knowledge about this change. Therefore, we encourage those who might be impacted by this change to learn more about it by visiting: http://auburnhills.org/news_detail_T2_R387.php

We look forward to the cooperation that we expect to receive from all truck drivers in the interest of preserving our downtown infrastructure and keeping it safe as a pedestrian-focused area of the City

 

Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager

Downtown Truck Traffic

A Day in the Life at City Hall

When is the last time you visited Auburn Hills City Hall?  Have you ever wanted to learn more about the services provided at City Hall and meet the people who deliver these services?

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Join us on November 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to learn more and get a behind the scenes look into our departments, tour the City Council Chambers, and more.

Attendees will have the chance to fill up their City Hall “Passport” by visiting various departments and be entered to win a $25 gift card to an Auburn Hills business.  We will also be providing light refreshments and an Auburn Hills t-shirt for each attendee.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of our highly trained and professional staff.

Let us know you’re coming by joining our event page!

 

Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

A Day in the Life at City Hall