Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Bacall Development LLC has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to construct a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive.  The project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.

Rendering of the proposed new development
Rendering of the proposed buildings circling the planned pond and fountain

The luxury apartment community will feature 258 residences in seven buildings of various sizes, with a clubhouse, pool, and park areas.  The buildings will be constructed with high-quality interior and exterior features, including exteriors of masonry and stone veneers with complimentary materials for architectural details.  The residences will consist of one, two, and three bedroom units ranging from 575 square feet to 1,375 square feet.   The developer anticipates rental rates to be comparable to other new apartment complexes in the surrounding area.

Site Plan

The City of Auburn Hills acquired this property from Mound Steel and Superior Concrete in 2012 and has since conducted an environmental clean-up of the site to prepare the land for development.  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.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th 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, October 22nd.

If approved, construction is expected to begin this Fall.

Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

Flavors Abound at Mediterranean Village Grill

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

It’s always nice to announce the opening of a new business in Auburn Hills, especially when it involves food.  And when the food offered includes an assortment of dishes that are both flavorful and healthy, well that’s a bonus.

Mediterranean Village Grill is officially open with a menu that includes a number of authentic Mediterranean dishes like falafel, tabbouli, chicken taouk and everyone’s favorite – shawarma (chicken & beef).  The three salads on the menu (fattoush, tabbouli, and kale lentil) are sure to catch the eye of the more health-conscious customer.

If you’re not in the mood for the flavors of the Mediterranean region, no need to worry – their menu also includes hamburgers, fries (regular, seasoned and loaded), wings, lentil soup and more.

If you’re looking for someplace new to eat that serves fresh food fast, check out Mediterranean Village Grill, located 3047 Walton Boulevard within the Walton Plaza Shopping Center.

Flavors Abound at Mediterranean Village Grill

Wine Tasting With A Twist

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’re looking for something different to do this Saturday, September 15th, stop by Downtown Auburn Hills for Michigan By The Bottle’s Sip and Shop Vendor Fair.

There will be a number of vendors on hand, both inside and outside along their storefront selling apparel, jewelry, home decor, beauty products, snacks, handmade goods and more. There will also be a massage therapist on hand offering chair massages.

The first 50 attendees will receive a “goody bag” with samples from vendors, coupons from fellow Downtown merchants, and other items.  If the weather cooperates, attendees might want to relax on the patio while enjoying some of Michigan’s finest wines or Northwoods soda with family and friends.  Don’t miss this fun event.

Wine Tasting With A Twist

“Residences at River Trail” Proposed Near Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by Old Adams-59 LLC to construct a low-rise multi-family residential development called Residences at River Trail on 15.52 acres of land located west of Old Adams Road, south of M-59.  The bulk of the project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.  The overall investment is estimated at $18 million.

Location map

The project will consist of 106 luxury style-apartment units within six, three-story buildings with 53 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom units.  Rental rates are anticipated to range between $1,000 and $2,000 per month depending on the unit size.  As an amenity for the project’s residents, the developer proposes to preserve over 60% of the site as undeveloped open space.

Rendering of one of the proposed apartment buildings

This proposal provides numerous benefits for the community as it implements the vision of Riverwalk Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan by including a 10 foot wide recreational pathway, which will be open to the public and serve as the Riverwalk’s northern spur.  The new pathway will connect pathway on N. Squirrel Road, through River Woods Park to Old Adams Road creating a long-planned-for recreational loop for biking, running, walking, and cross-country skiing.

Illustrated site plan
Riverwalk Master Plan Trail – planned network

Also, the developer will donate a 1.57-acre parcel of land on the west side of the Clinton River to increase the size of River Woods Park and provide $100,000 to assist with the cost of the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Clinton River to allow the pathway to be extended to Old Adams Road.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th 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, September 24th.

“Residences at River Trail” Proposed Near Downtown Auburn Hills

Genisys Credit Union Proposes New LED Sign For Mortgage Service Center

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

An application has been submitted by Genisys Credit Union to allow the installation of a LED automatic changeable copy sign at their new mortgage service center located at 2011 Executive Hills Boulevard.

Photo mock-up of what the sign will look like

The proposed sign will enable the credit union to better promote the services they offer to the community, while also allowing the Auburn Hills Police Department to display Amber Alerts and emergency messages when needed.

Proposed sign location

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th 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, September 24th.

Genisys Credit Union Proposes New LED Sign For Mortgage Service Center

Stephanie Carroll Honored By Michigan Economic Development Peers

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Numerous dedicated and talented people work for, and volunteer at, the City of Auburn Hills.  Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations, is a prime example of the leadership and excellence that members of our team strive to achieve.

Last week, Stephanie was recognized by her professional organization, the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), with their President’s Award.  This award is given annually to an individual who has made a noticeable impact on the advancement of MEDA’s mission.

Current MEDA President, Monique Holliday-Bettie, described Stephanie in her award presentation as “a great collaborator, supporter, motivator, and problem-solver; I could go on and on … She has made a tremendous impact with our committees, our Board, and our Association.  I hope she understands how appreciated, valued, and cherished her talents are.”

MEDA Present Monique Holliday-Bettie (left) and Stephanie Carroll (right)

Congrats Stephanie on receiving this well-deserved honor from your peers!

Stephanie Carroll Honored By Michigan Economic Development Peers

Duffy’s Dollar Burger – The Legend Continues

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Anyone familiar with Downtown Auburn Hills knows the best place for lunch on Wednesdays is Duffy’s Pub with their legendary “Dollar-Burger” special.  Over the years, Duffy’s has built a solid reputation of serving some of the juiciest hamburgers in town.  During lunch hours, the pub is packed with people enjoying the lunchtime special with friends and co-workers.

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, no need to worry.  They have a menu full of items that include sandwiches, quesadilla, tacos, nachos, fish & chips, salads and soups that are sure to please the palate.

If you can’t make it to lunch, stop by for dinner and enjoy live music.  Wednesday is karaoke night and live bands play Thursday through Saturday nights.  Duffy’s Irish Pub is located at 3320 Auburn Road and has a municipal parking lot located right behind it.  For more information about Duffy’s Pub, visit them on Facebook.

Duffy’s Dollar Burger – The Legend Continues