Good News on Restaurant Row: TIF Agreement is Approved Feb27

Good News on Restaurant Row: TIF Agreement is Approved...

Downtown Aurora – Aurora City Council approved the TIF deal to revive Restaurant Row on Tuesday night. Under the deal, Aliano’s Italian Ristorante will occupy the former Bacci’s Pizzeria on the Row as soon as late summer. Stay tuned for more details regarding Restaurant...

It’s official: Bye bye meters in downtown Aurora Feb13

It’s official: Bye bye meters in downtown Aurora...

Courtesy of the Beacon-News: AURORA — The meters are officially on their way out, and free parking is coming to downtown Aurora. The Aurora City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday night to approve a new parking plan that will remove meters from the whole of downtown Aurora.Instead, the meters will be replaced with a color-coded system that will limit premium street parking to 90 minutes and include parking lots throughout downtown with time limits of between two and 10 hours. “Until now there’s been no free parking in the downtown,” said Rick Guzman, assistant chief of staff for Aurora. “Now, if you basically follow the signs, it’s free parking throughout the downtown, including all day if you’re on the peripheral lots, where there’s nine and ten hour spots.” Several residents and downtown business owners spoke in favor of the new plan, which eliminates the need for dimes and nickels. “City staff did this in a really inclusive way, very collaboratively,” said Jeff Noblitt, spokesman for Waubonsee Community College and chair of Aurora Downtown. “Aurora Downtown strongly supports this.”A few downtown business owners did request longer time zones for street parking in front of their professional offices. “Two hour parking for us is very important,” said Dr. Kishore Belani, a dentist. “Patients have to get up from the chair and move their car. It really is very inconvenient.” But even those downtown professionals lauded the overall plan. Further, staff said the downtown parking plan was designed for be constantly monitored and evaluated so that changes could be made when necessary to accommodate businesses and other downtown traffic. The new color-coded parking zones will range from 90-min. Platinum parking on streets to 2-hour Gold spaces, 3-hour off-street and 2-hour on street silver spaces, 6-hour off-street and 2-hour...

Aurora Welcomes Clayton Muhammad as Communications Director Feb05

Aurora Welcomes Clayton Muhammad as Communications Director...

Aurora – Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner announced the hiring of Clayton Muhammad as the City of Aurora’s new Director of Communications on Tuesday.  Muhammad, who currently serves as the Director of Community Relations and the District Spokesman of East Aurora School District 131, will transition into the new position later this month. A lifelong resident of Aurora, Muhammad is a community advocate and seasoned public relations professional whose communications techniques and community relations initiatives have been recognized by the Illinois National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) with multiple awards of excellence. “Clayton is a proven leader who cares deeply about Aurora,” said Mayor Tom Weisner.  “With crime down to record low levels, Aurora’s story is radically different today than it was a few years ago.  People are beginning to take a fresh look at our City, and I believe Clayton brings the right combination of experience and enthusiasm to help us position Aurora as a great City in which to live, do business and raise a family.” The City restructured its Public Information Division as part of the 2013 budget process late last year after the Mayor’s Business Roundtable recommended the development of strategic marketing communications plan as one of the top business priorities for 2013.  As Director of Communications, Muhammad will oversee day-to-day communications including media relations, public affairs, Aurora Community Television, digital and social media.  He will also spearhead the development of a city-wide marketing communications plan to support economic development, plus handle the coordination, management and implementation of various communication strategies across City departments. During Muhammad’s tenure at East Aurora School District 131, he instituted a communications plan that resulted in a dramatic increase of print and television media coverage, substantial growth in the school district’s business partnership program, a revised...