Four new developments are underway in downtown Auburn Hills, including two community hubs, apartments with lower-level retail space, and a parking structure. The projects, to be completed in the next few months, include:
- The Downtown Education Nook or DEN is a quiet and casual study space for individuals and small groups. Designed from the “log cabin,” a historic landmark in the city’s downtown, the 1,546-square-foot facility includes two fireplaces and five rooms.
- The University Center is a partnership between Avondale School District and 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 includes 97 apartments consisting of studios, along with one-and two-bedroom units, are designed to encourage pedestrian traffic to the downtown area. An additional 5,800 square feet at street level is dedicated to retail space.
- A new parking structure, funded and operated by the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA). The 233-space parking structure was built with long-term growth in mind.
“These developments would not have been possible without the hard work, collaboration, and dedication of the city’s development team,” says Tom Tanghe, assistant city manager and executive director of the Auburn Hills TIFA. The authority is responsible for capturing the tax revenue in three distinct development districts within the community and establishing priorities for the use of those funds.
Tanghe says the DEN and University Center will both open January 2014 for use by students and the public; the parking structure is substantially complete and is expected to be accessible next month; and approximately 25 percent of the apartments are complete with a grand opening schedule for January.