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.

The show must go off…The City of Auburn Hills announces demolition and redevelopment of long vacant Showcase Cinema site

Auburn Hills, MI—June 7, 2013—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, announced today that following a 11-year vacancy, the site of the Showcase Cinemas at 2150 North Opdyke Road will be demolished beginning June 17 to make way for a new business park. The property, previously owned by National Amusement, was purchased in May by Novi-based Amson Dembs Development, Inc.

“Amson Dembs Development is pleased to take a prime site that has sat vacant for so many years and turn it into a high-end business park that will continue to fuel the economic development and growth of Auburn Hills,” said Ryan Dembs, president of Amson Dembs Development. “This is our first development project in the City of Auburn Hills and we look forward to contributing to the energy and vitality of this community.”

Originally the site of the Blue Sky Drive-In, which began operation in 1948 with space for 700 cars, the theater later became part of the National Amusements chain. In 1989, Blue Sky was demolished to make way for the Showcase Cinemas Auburn Hills megaplex. Showcase Cinemas opened its doors on December 8, 1989 and closed in January 2002, as National Amusement shuttered a slew of its theaters due to an inability to keep pace with competition and amenities new theaters could afford. In Auburn Hills, the Showcase Cinema was not able to survive the popular Star Theatre (now AMC) at the nearby Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

“This blockbuster project is generating a lot of buzz around town,” said Steven Cohen, director of community development for the city of Auburn Hills. “Our community envisioned a beautifully landscaped high-tech park for that property since the day the theater closed 11 years ago. It’s great to see Amson Dembs Development demolish that vacant building and its ‘sea of parking’. By repurposing the land into a major job center, they’re helping make Auburn Hills’ vision for this site become a reality.”

Development of the approximately 21+ acre high-tech business park is expected to begin in July and take approximately 10 to 12 months to complete the first phase.

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.