Development Plan Events

In 2014, we worked hard to create opportunities for residents, community leaders, and business representatives to share their solutions to create a community that is an ideal place for people of any age. This included our seven Community Conversations, Focus Groups, a city survey, and a Business Roundtable.Age-friendly-Auburn_Hills

Now that we have collected that information, we are ready to begin writing our Age-Friendly Action Plan. But we can’t do that without you! Residents are an important part of planning for the future, and we want you to share what we’ve learned with you and identify together what the next steps should be.

Volunteers who are interested in participating will meet at the Auburn Hills Community Center on the following dates from 2-4 PM.

Tuesday, February 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in working to make Auburn Hills a better place to live, work, play, and age, sign up today by calling the Community Center at 248-370-9353 or Senior Services Director Karen Adcock at kadcock@auburnhills.org by February 13 to reserve your spot.


Maria Willett, Community Planning Assistant

Development Plan Events

Clinton River Clean-Up This Saturday

It’s not too late to sign-up!  We encourage all who are interested to participate in this year’s Clinton River clean-up.  The event will be held this Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at River Woods Park.

Volunteers clearing a log jam in the Clinton River
Volunteers clearing a log jam in the Clinton River

The purpose of the event is to preserve and protect our river.  It’s an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to work together to make the City better.

So, meet us at River Woods Park at 8:30 a.m. to register.  Wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring a pair of gloves.

For additional information please give us a call at 248-364-6926.  Advanced notice of your participation is appreciated, but not required.

Hope to see you there!

Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Clinton River Clean-Up This Saturday

RSC Soccer Fields are Taking Shape

As an update, the outdoor soccer complex being constructed for the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) south of Dutton Road, east of Bald Mountain Road is moving along according to schedule.

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RSC is building four practice fields in Auburn Hills

People often ask us when it will open, so we contacted the club to confirm their construction timeline.  Since turf grass for soccer fields must be designed to handle heavy use and abuse, it actually takes two growing seasons before the fields can be used for practices.  The grass was planted in Fall 2013, so they’ll have to wait one more year.

The club will make a final determination after this winter, but they’re hopeful the fields will be ready by Summer 2015.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

RSC Soccer Fields are Taking Shape

“Primary Place” Proposed Downtown

There will be a new “place” for people to live on Primary Street.

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to develop 1.12 acres of vacant land located at the southwest corner of Primary Street and Grey Road.

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Location of the proposed Primary Place housing development

The developer, Steuer & Associates, Inc., intends to construct three new six-unit townhome buildings on the property.  All 18 units will have approximately 1,500 sq. ft. of living space.  Each unit will have an attached two car garage.  The investment is estimated at $3 million.

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Rendering of the six-unit townhome building. Three of these buildings will be built on the site

Upon receiving City Council approval, this attractive development is expected to break ground in the Spring.  It’s part of a slate of new residential housing projects valued at $90 million scheduled to start construction in Downtown Auburn Hills in 2015 . 

Those interested in learning more about Primary Place are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission’s meeting on Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

“Primary Place” Proposed Downtown

Millions of Dollars Being Invested At The Palace of Auburn Hills

Palace Sports & Entertainment continues to make significant investments at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Records show that they’ve expended close to $50 million to upgrade the arena since owner Tom Gores purchased the Pistons franchise and overall business a little over three years ago.

Currently, contractors have been working two shifts (approximately 15 to 20 workers per shift) at the facility to complete another multi-million dollar project.  They’ve been re-supporting the existing trusses on the roof to accept a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and hoist.  The hoist was installed last week.

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City building inspectors work closely with PS&E contractors to ensure the reinforcements are safe and strong.

The new scoreboard is expected to be delivered this week and should be installed by mid-September to allow PS&E technicians the opportunity to practice with its new and exciting features before the start of the Pistons’ basketball season.  The first pre-season game is October 7th against the Chicago Bulls.   The Palace’s command and control center has also been reworked to accommodate the new scoreboard operations.

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Rendering of view looking east at the new scoreboard above center court.
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In addition to the center-hung scoreboard, new LED display bands will be added all around the circumference of the seating area and new LED signs will be installed above all the exits. Rendering shows how it will look.

Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come about sign upgrades planned for outside The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Millions of Dollars Being Invested At The Palace of Auburn Hills

A “Farm Boy” in the Big City

Looking for some farm fresh goods?  Hey, we just happen to know the perfect place to go.

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Located at 3157 Auburn, just outside of Downtown Auburn Hills, Al VanHoutte’s “Farm Boy Produce” market has been selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and herbs since 1983.  All their produce is grown on the VanHoutte family farm in Romeo, where they’ve been farming for four generations.

The open air market is in operation from the first week in May until the end of October (it’s a great place to find a huge selection of Halloween pumpkins).  It’s open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. 

So, if you’re craving some farm fresh fruits and veggies, go visit an Auburn Hills institution – Farm Boy Produce.

Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

A “Farm Boy” in the Big City

Housing Project in Early Planning Stages for Downtown

Staff has been working closely with Chicago-based Clayco Realty Group on an estimated $20 million housing development in the heart of Downtown Auburn Hills.img_0656

On July 14th, the Auburn Hills City Council entered into a purchase agreement to sell City-owned land to Clayco in the general vicinity of the former Mound Steel property, located at 3507 Auburn Road, with the intent of facilitating the construction of a new apartment complex along with associated parking and road improvements.  The exciting project will be designed to accommodate our growing college student population.  It is anticipated to house between 250 and 300 people.

The company was recruited by the City of Auburn Hills to help expand the number of residents living within close walking distance of the Downtown retail core, which national experts believe will help strengthen the viability of the area.

Although the project is still in the early stages of design right now, we’re hopeful to bring plans forward for public review later this year.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Housing Project in Early Planning Stages for Downtown