Burton-Katzman to develop four-story mixed use space in downtown Auburn Hills

Burton-Katzman to develop four-story mixed use space in downtown Auburn Hills. Residential/commercial development marks another investment in the expansion and revitalization of city’s downtown.

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Feb. 4, 2014— The city of Auburn Hills announced today that the Auburn Hills City Council approved a plan by Burton-Katzman, LLC to develop 1.07 acres of vacant property for a mixed use development at the southwest corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads in the city’s downtown. The project represents an estimated $10 million investment in Auburn Hills by Burton-Katzman.

The Planned Unit Development (PUD) project, called Rivers Edge of Auburn Hills, is slated to begin in summer 2014 and be complete by the end of summer 2015. It consists of a four-story building with approximately 9,300 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 31, one and two-bedroom apartment and loft units on the second, third and fourth floors. Approximately 50 parking spaces are planned to serve apartment residents, while the commercial space will be served by 11 on-site parking spaces in addition to the existing Auburn Hills downtown public parking system.

“We are pleased that Burton-Katzman is bringing this type of popular mixed use/urban loft project to downtown Auburn Hills,” said Steve Cohen, director of community development for Auburn Hills. “Continued investment in the city is sparking strong interest from developers, prospective tenants and retailers.”

Charles M. DiMaggi0 is senior vice president of project development for Burton-Katzman.

“Burton-Katzman has been involved in the development of numerous commercial buildings in Auburn Hills and we look forward to making a new investment to serve the city’s downtown business and residential community.”

Rivers Edge of Auburn Hills is one of several significant developments in or around the downtown area to be announced in recent months. In October 2013, the city celebrated the grand opening of four new or redeveloped structures:

• The 1,546 square foot DEN (Downtown Education Nook); formally a log cabin, the DEN provides students and the community a quiet and casual study space
• The University Center – a partnership between the Auburn Hills TIFA (Tax Increment Finance Authority), Avondale School District and the following Auburn Hills based colleges and universities: Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Baker College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School; with a combined 7,200 square feet, it hosts college level classes and classes for the Avondale Virtual Academy.
• Auburn Square apartments and retail – 97 apartment units aimed at the graduate student housing market and 5,800 square feet of retail space at street level to bring visitors and additional energy downtown.
• Parking structure – a 233 space structure funded and operated by the Auburn Hills TIFA and built with the long-term growth of the downtown in mind while still meeting the immediate needs of the apartments and retail space.

In September 2013, Auburn Hills announced The Moceri Companies will develop 21.51 acres of land west of Adams Road and north of the Clinton River Trail. Called The Parkways, the multi-generational project will consist of 76 townhouse units, 72 stacked flat units and a three-story 160 unit congregate senior care complex situated along a new public boulevard that will lead to Auburn Road in the downtown area. In addition to the residential units, more than two acres of open park space will also be created within The Parkways.

“This is an exciting time to be in Auburn Hills,” said City Manager, Pete Auger. “The city’s long-range planning for development of the downtown area is coming to fruition with the support of investments by Burton-Katzman, The Moceri Companies and other trusted Michigan-based developers.”

New Auburn Hills Mayor and long-time councilman Kevin McDaniel added that public/private partnerships continue to propel Auburn Hills.

“Auburn Hills worked diligently through the recession years to prepare for the next growth cycle,” said McDaniel. “Now we’ve arrived at a time of significant action in the city, affirming the good that can happen when elected officials and city staff work together and with external partners to build relationships.”

About Burton-Katzman, LLC
Burton-Katzman, LLC and its predecessor companies and affiliates have been in the building and development business for more than 100 years. The foundation of Burton-Katzman is built upon the traditions of integrity, quality and value. With the company now in its third generation, the Burton and Katzman families have influenced building trends in southeast Michigan, Ohio, Florida, the Carolinas and California since the early 1900s. Today, active principals Peter Burton and Robert Katzman combine their expertise to orchestrate a wide variety of residential, retail, office and industrial developments. With innovation, experience and financial strength, Burton-Katzman is setting the pace in real estate development for the next generation. Learn more at www.burton-katzman.com.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 31 years as a city in 2014, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Auburn Hills announces grand opening of four developments in the city’s downtown

City celebrates addition of The DEN, University Center, apartments with retail space and parking structure

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Oct. 14, 2013— The city of Auburn Hills, along with the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA), announced the opening of four developments in downtown Auburn Hills earlier this month at a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new projects include:

 The DEN (Downtown Education Nook) – 1,546 square feet that includes two fireplaces and five rooms to provide students and the community a quiet and casual study space for individuals and/or small groups. The DEN’s structure is built from the log cabin, a historic landmark in Downtown Auburn Hills. The reinvention of the space, is true to the city’s motto of “Honoring the Past, Building the Future.”
 University Center – a partnership between the Auburn Hills TIFA, Avondale School District and the following Auburn Hills based colleges and universities: Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Baker College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The space provides 4,800 square feet on the first floor to host college level classes and 2,400 square feet on the second floor to hold classes for the Avondale Virtual Academy.
 Auburn Square apartments and retail – 97 apartments consisting of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units aimed to bring pedestrian traffic to the downtown area and continued success in the expansion of Downtown Auburn Hills. The additional 5,800 square feet at street level is dedicated to retail space to bring visitors and additional energy downtown.
 Parking structure – funded and operated by the Auburn Hills TIFA, the 233 spot space parking structure was built with the long-term growth of the downtown in mind while still meeting the immediate needs of the apartments and retail space.
“These developments would not have been possible without the hard work, collaboration and dedication of the city’s development team, as well as the architects, construction managers, interior designer, owners and renovation/restoration teams that made each project come to life,” said Tom Tanghe, assistant city manager of Auburn Hills and executive director of the Auburn Hills TIFA.

The DEN and University Center will both be officially open January 2014 for use by students and the public; the parking structure is substantially complete and is expected to be accessible by early November; approximately 25 percent of the apartments are complete, with some units already leased; final apartment completion date is slated for January 2014.

To learn more about economic development in Downtown Auburn Hills and the city, visit www.auburnhills.org.

The following businesses comprised the development teams for these projects:
• Architects: Glenda Meads Architects, Birmingham; Mayotte Group Architects, Lansing
• Interior Design: Dakin Design, Birmingham
• Construction Managers: Frank Rewold & Sons, Inc., Rochester; Haussman Construction, Lansing
• Renovation/Restoration:

The DEN: Renovation/Restoration, Woodlake Construction, Troy; Architect, Glenda Meads Architects, Birmingham; Interior Design, Dakin Design, Birmingham

University Center: Renovation/Restoration. Frank Rewold & Son, Rochester, Architect, Glenda Meads Architects, Birmingham; Interior Design, Dakin Design, Birmingham

Parking Structure: Construction Manager, Haussman Construction, Lansing; Architect, Mayotte Group Architects, Lansing

Apartments & Retail: Construction Manager, Auburn Hills Housing, LLC; Architect, Mayotte Group Architects, Lansing

About Auburn Hills TIFA
The Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) is responsible for capturing the growth in tax revenue in three separate and distinct development districts within the community and establishing priorities for the use of that capture. The Board of Directors strategically reinvests these captures dollars back into the community through infrastructure improvements and other public/private partnerships as a means of promoting greater private capital investment in the community.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Auburn Hills Welcomes Long-Time Restaurateur Patrick Elwell Back Downtown

New Elwell Grill the Latest Addition to Developing Cityscape

Auburn Hills, MI—February 15, 2013—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is welcoming iconic Auburn Hills restaurateur, Patrick Elwell, back Downtown with the opening of the new Elwell Grill at the Northeast corner of Auburn and Squirrel Court.

Patrick Elwell’s history with Auburn Hills goes back nearly 50 years. He first purchased the building where the current restaurant stands in 1964, operating Stewart’s Diner for two years before remodeling and opening the doors as Shalea Inn. The name evolved into Patrick’s Shalea Inn and, in 1987, to Patrick’s. When Elwell retired in 2000, he retained ownership of the building but leased it to Kip Bourdeaux, who ran Bistro Bourdeaux for several years until its closure in 2009. The building sat vacant for three years as the City sought a seasoned restaurant owner to take over the space. Ultimately, Patrick Elwell came out of retirement at age 75 to reignite his restaurant passion. The restaurant, which boasts a modern American menu in a cozy urban setting, had a soft opening in December and is now open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, serving only dinner on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

“I missed the people and I enjoy being back,” said Elwell. “I’ll work until I get tired of it and I don’t see that happening any time soon!”

Assistant City Manager Tom Tanghe, who is also executive director of the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA), says Elwell Grill is not only a part of Auburn Hills’ history, it’s an example of the TIFA and the business community working together to bring more people into Downtown Auburn Hills.

“The main entrance of Elwell Grill was originally slated for the rear of the building, rather than on the main road – Auburn. Recognizing that the restaurant would be a greater part of the Downtown scene with a front entrance, the TIFA used its grant program to assist in funding additional windows and doors for the front of the building,” explained Tanghe. “With Elwell Grill now having a welcoming front entrance at pedestrian level, it has increased the restaurant’s prominence Downtown.”

Elwell was appreciative of the collaboration.

“I have a good feeling about Auburn Hills. The City’s leaders through the years have done a nice job of planning for the future. They put their money where it matters most,” said Elwell.
Tanghe said the City is thrilled to have a new gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.

“We have the streetscape in place. When the new graduate housing building opens across the street later this year, the entire vibe of the area will change. It’s going to be a blend of students, young adults, families and business people; Elwell Grill is going to make an important contribution to the transformation that is gaining momentum in Downtown Auburn Hills.”

Elwell Grill was designed by Birmingham architect and renown restaurant designer, Ron Rea, along with accessorizing input from Patrick Elwell’s daughter, Kelly Talmers. Talmers co-manages the restaurant along with Maureen Hammond, a long-time Auburn Hills resident and Mayor Pro-Tem who also worked at Patrick’s as a teen.

Elwell Grill offers a tasty American menu ranging from green salads and fresh fruit to sandwiches, chicken, fish and steaks with a twist, serving only top quality choice beef. The restaurant is located at 3315 Auburn Road and the phone number is 248.289.1817. For a complete history of Elwell Grill, the new menu and hours of operation, visit http://www.elwellgrill.com/.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

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