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Helping hand

Welcoming committee busier than ever at Fox Run

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November 24th, 2015
Fox Run resident Roy Birmingham hosts orientations
Fox Run resident Roy Birmingham hosts orientations

Fox Run has had an influx of new residents over the last several months. The community opened its eighth residence building in June—the first new building in six years. The new building, named Edgewater, honors the classic Detroit amusement park that reminds many Michiganders of Detroit’s golden era. 

Edgewater has 94 apartment homes, featuring 16 never-before-seen floor plans. The new floor plans include a deluxe two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a den and balcony or patio; an extra-large two-bedroom, two-bath home with a patio; and a deluxe two-bedroom, two-bath model. 

Edgewater is located near a pond, and a select number of apartment homes feature calming water views. 

When it opened in June, Edgewater was already sold out. About 150 residents will live in the building, bringing Fox Run's total population to 1,200. 

Warm welcome

As new residents have moved into Edgewater, they’ve received a warm welcome.

Roy Birmingham heads up a welcoming committee that helps new residents get acclimated to the community. Roy hosts monthly new-resident orientation coffee gatherings, where he provides his new neighbors with all kinds of information about Fox Run. Because more people have been moving in since Edgewater opened, he has increased the frequency of the orientations. 

“[Executive Director] Mike McCormick usually comes to the orientations,” Roy says. “He likes to come and personally welcome people. He wants to ensure them he is available if they have any questions and let them know they are welcome to contact him.”

Pioneering the active lifestyle

Roy was among the first residents to move to Fox Run when the community opened in 2003. The earliest residents, called “pioneers,” led the charge to establish the first resident-run clubs and committees. Roy’s welcoming committee was one of the first groups to form—and it’s been going strong ever since. 

“We have about 140 activities now, all led by residents,” Roy says.

Over the years, Roy has introduced hundreds of his neighbors to Fox Run and helped them get familiar with everything the community has to offer. 

Over coffee, he tells residents about Fox Run’s amenities, like the on-site fitness center, dry-cleaning, mail services, transportation, and the medical center. He points out different spots around campus that residents may want to visit, such as the library, the computer room, and the recycling center. 

Roy also explains how people can register to vote when they move to Fox Run, which is its own voting precinct. 

Roy passes out a special brochure that explains the dining options at Fox Run’s four on-site restaurants. He also shares information about the community’s in-house TV station, resident handbook, and monthly event calendar, all of which residents can access to stay up to date about what’s happening at Fox Run. 

He says he gets good feedback about the orientations from new residents, who appreciate the helping hand he provides as they get settled.

“Fox Run is a unique community, a wonderful community, and a very caring and supportive community,” Roy says. “I tell new residents they should try something they are interested in so they can meet people and become a part of the community. I am pleased when I see that many of the new people [who I met at a new resident orientation] have done just that.”