Great Lakes Crossing Outlets New Play Area

Last week I had the opportunity to join the management at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, along with Mayor McDaniel, to celebrate the opening of the new children’s play area. With its Michigan theme, the play area is located in the middle of the food court where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal or a drink while keeping an eye on the kids in a fun-filled play environment.

Mayor McDaniel welcomes the first children invited to enjoy the play area

Kids can take a walk over the Mackinac Bridge or get inside of a colorful lighthouse. All of this is just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season. Congratulations to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets for bringing in this great new addition.


Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets New Play Area

Giffin, Inc USA To Expand Presence In Auburn Hills With $9 Million Facility

We’re pleased to report that a development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by J.B. Donaldson Company to construct a new 100,000 square foot light industrial building for White Corners, LLC (a.k.a, Giffin, Inc. USA) on a parcel located at 4444 Giddings Road. The site is situated at the southeast corner of Brown Road and Giddings Road.

Rendering of the proposed building viewed from Giddings Road

Giffin, Inc. USA moved their headquarters and R&D center to the adjacent 125,000 square foot building at 1900 Brown Road in 2011. They are a full service turn-key supplier of integrated paint finishing systems. Originally founded in Canada in 1949, Giffin has grown into a multi-national firm with over 1,000 employees worldwide.

View of the site looking south from Brown Road

The new $9 million facility will serve as an expansion of their presence in Auburn Hills and will focus on the manufacturing of paint finishing systems (e.g., robotic paint spray booths) for a variety of industries. Total Giffin employment at both buildings is projected to be 165 people, with approximately 65 employees being housed in the new building to start.

Example of a Giffin robotic paint spray booth

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 in February 2019 with completion anticipated by October 2019.


Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Giffin, Inc USA To Expand Presence In Auburn Hills With $9 Million Facility

Volunteer at the Community Center!

Volunteering is a phenomenal way to get involved, give back, and get to know your community. Whether on your own or in a group, it is a fulfilling experience. And not to mention, it keeps programs and events that define our community running smoothly. It’s important to remember that volunteers are needed throughout the whole year – not just at big events. Truthfully, volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and of our Community Center.

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Auburn Hills Community Center and there is always something new coming around that we can use your help at.

Volunteer Kitchen Help

Kitchen Help – The Auburn Hills Community Center is looking for volunteers for our monthly Senior Parties and daily meal service. Daily meal service includes packing meals for Meals on Wheels, as well as, serving meals on site to our seniors. We also have monthly Senior Parties. This includes set up, food service, tear down, and clean up. These parties have monthly themes and are a lot of fun for our seniors and volunteers.

Time: Varies, 10am-12pm or 10am-1pm
Place: Community Center



Meals on Wheels – Our Community Center is looking for Meals on Wheels drivers. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers nutritious and well-balanced meals to home-bound seniors Monday – Friday. The Community Center is the starting point for Meal Delivery in Auburn Hills. Volunteers pick up meals to be delivered and deliver them to the home-bound seniors designated on each route. We are looking for consistent individuals, as well as, back-up help for this fulfilling program. This is great for groups or individuals.

Time: 10am – 12pm, Monday through Friday

Homebound Library Program – The Auburn Hills Library needs volunteers to help deliver library books and materials to home-bound residents. Volunteers are needed every 3 to 6 weeks depending on the need, and materials are picked up at the library. Delivery takes about an hour. If you’re interested in helping our home-bound seniors, then this might be the volunteer opportunity for you!

Time: Varies

Rake and Run – Do you have a group that is looking to get involved and help seniors in the community? The Rake and Run program is a perfect opportunity for you! Rake and Run takes place over 2 weeks in fall, and groups are assigned to houses belonging to Auburn Hills seniors who are unable to rake the leaves in their yard. Groups are able to select any of the dates (listed below), but supplies (rakes) are limited. Groups are welcome to bring their own rakes or lawn supplies (bags are supplied). Groups will pick up supplies at the our Community Center, and then head out into the community to rake and bag leaves. This is a great group opportunity!

Dates: October 24th – November 7th
Time: Varies by group preference and supply availability

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, visit our website and fill out a Volunteer Application. You can email, mail, or bring the application back to the Community Center. For more information about any of these opportunities, feel free to contact Natalie Stasyk, the Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator at 248-370-9353.

Volunteer at the Community Center!

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Last week, the CCRC (Coordinated Community Response Coalition) of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne hosted the first regional summit for Elder Abuse. It included task representatives from Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. Our purpose and goal was to discuss the many barriers we all face with assisting our victims of elder abuse, as well as the sharing of best practices for handling these difficult circumstances.

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Studies show elder abuse is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home. This statistic is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to disclose or report the violence.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit Presentation

I have been part of the CCRC for Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County’s for over 10 years. The CCRC is a network of professional’s who work with older adults. We have representatives from the legal world including attorneys, prosecutors, judges, police officers, social service agencies, adult protective services, financial institutions, and more. We have hosted educational training’s on how to recognize, react, and respond to victims of elder abuse.

One of the great benefits of belonging to this network is having access to a vast array of professionals that we can tap into to assist our clients. We also have provided educational outreach materials, hosted 2 international conferences: “Elder Abuse Has No Boarders,” which brought in top level professionals who work on a daily basis with victims of elder abuse to share their experiences and provide insight for other professionals.

At the end of the Summit we all agreed there is so much more work to be done to build awareness of elder abuse and ways to prevent it, and to successfully prosecute it. We also agreed that by sharing best practices, concerns, and ideas can make a bigger impact than alone. Some of these applications included; development of a county-wide task force on Hoarding, outreach of printed and social media pieces on Elder Abuse Awareness, and educational training’s to law enforcement, emergency responders, senior center staff, and nursing home staff. We will be also creating a web-based sharing library of resources each Task Force member will be able to access.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Group

Being part of this alliance has been beneficial for our community. Elder Abuse occurs in every community and affects seniors of all socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and Auburn Hills is no exception. There have been situations over the years when I was assisting someone who had been a victim of elder abuse, and having the ability to reach out to my counterparts in the CCRC aided in me being able to obtain the appropriate assistance for our victims. Another benefit has been the ongoing training and education in awareness and prevention of elder abuse I have participated in, as well as, coordinating training’s.

Margaret Mead said it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”



Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Building for our Future

Ever wonder what lies behind the development of a city?

Since the dawn of industrial age, communities established essential systems that everyone uses on a daily basis. Much of these structures include water, sewer and sanitation, electric power, and yes, roads . We rely on these resources and expect them to function for us. Whether we are driving on a road or running a faucet to clean dishes, it is established through the infrastructures we maintain and develop.

However, these tasks can be challenging, time consuming and delays can occur.

This year the City broke ground on eight construction projects. The total investment of the projects is 19 million dollars. Of that 19 million dollars, half was funded by non-City sources.

The projects include construction of an amphitheater and splash pad at Riverside Park, road, streetscape and water service improvements in the downtown corridor (Auburn Road), road improvements at Giddings Road, Hamlin Road, North Squirrel Road, and Walton Boulevard. Lastly a bridge, road, and water service improvements at Opdyke Road.

Construction Project Stats


All of these projects were undertaken to enhance City services by maintaining our infrastructure, and providing for the safety for all those that live, work, and/or play in Auburn Hills.

For more information about the 2018 construction projects, please contact the Department of Public Works by email at:, or by phone at: (248) 391-3777.

If you’re interested in getting more involved, consider joining one of our Boards or Commissions.



Aaron Stahly, Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works

Building for our Future

Michigan Planners Recognize Greg Ouellette For Dedicated Service

It is a pleasure to work with people who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the City of Auburn Hills like Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette.

Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette

At the September 12th Planning Commission meeting, Greg was recognized for his achievement of being a 20-year member of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP). He became a member of MAP when he began serving on the Planning Commission in February 1998. Yes, that’s right 1998! In January 2009, Greg was selected by his peers on the Planning Commission to lead their meetings and serve as their Chairperson.

Greg has professionally represented the City during his 20 years of service, showing the utmost respect to both the citizens and businesses that have brought development related issues and proposals before the Board. As a volunteer, he has built his knowledge base in planning and leadership by attending numerous training sessions provided by MAP and other organizations.

The Auburn Hills Planning Commission

Director of Community Development, Steve Cohen, and I concur with MAP’s recognition and appreciation for Greg’s long-term commitment and dedication to quality community planning and the City of Auburn Hills. We feel very lucky to have him on our team.

Congrats Greg! Thank you again for your leadership and service.


Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Michigan Planners Recognize Greg Ouellette For Dedicated Service

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

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.

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.


Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

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