September 21, 2018

$20 million luxury apartment complex proposed for Auburn Hills

Kurt Nagl – Crain’s Detroit

Farmington Hills-based Bacall Development submitted plans to city

Site is within Auburn Hills Downtown Development Authority District

City Council to make decision on proposal Oct. 22

A $20 million, seven-building luxury apartment complex is being proposed for Auburn Hills.

Farmington Hills-based Bacall Development LLC submitted to the Oakland County city an application for the project, according to a post published Thursday on the city’s development blog website by Steve Cohen, the city’s director of community development.

The Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills would be developed on 16.4 acres of land on Auburn Road, in the city’s Downtown Development Authority District. The city purchased the industrial property from Mound Steel and Superior Concrete in 2012 and cleaned it up for development, according to Cohen.

The project blueprint consists of 258 units ranging in size from 575 square feet to 1,375 square feet, with rent prices to be market rate and determined by other new complexes in the area. The “high quality interior and exterior” of the buildings would be constructed with masonry and stone veneers, the post said.

Plans also calls for the developer to build a road through the development site, connecting Parkways Boulevard from Squirrel to Adams roads.

A planning commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and open to the public. City Council is expected to make a final decision on the application Oct. 22.

Questions on the timeline of the project and terms of the agreement with the city were left Thursday morning with Cohen and city planner Shawn Keenan. A city spokeswoman said the two were away at a conference for the day.

Calls seeking more details from Bacall Development were not immediately returned.