Fireworks Return to Downtown Aurora and Other Good News from Mayor Weisner

Courtesy of The Beacon-News:

Downtown development in Aurora

Rapid infrastructure changes dominated the city’s downtown in 2012 as the city replaced both Downer Place bridges, opened up Downer Place and Benton Street to two-way traffic and began removing parking meters downtown.

Critics raved about the Paramount Theatre’s Broadway series, and crowds flocked to shows. In 2011, 12,000 people subscribed to the Broadway series; in 2013, the Paramount had 23,000 series subscribers.

Weisner said he will be with his wife Marilyn at the last performance of “Fiddler of the Roof” Sunday. He invited the audience at Piper’s Thursday to tag along.

“I’ll buy you a drink if you show up,” Weisner cracked. “Water’s pretty cheap.”

In 2012, the city helped the CultureStock used bookstore open, and it quickly has become a gathering place for residents, artists and musicians.

In a TIF-backed deal, Batavia-based Aliano’s announced last month that they will open a location in Restaurant Row. Weisner said the business will follow other restaurants that opened downtown with the help of TIF funding: Ballydoyle’s and the Two Brothers Roundhouse.

This year the library will break ground on a new main branch location downtown, July 4 fireworks will return to the city’s downtown, and a city-owned LaSalle Street building will become a coffee shop, headed by a non-profit that specializes in veterans outreach.

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