At a Special meeting of Council last evening, our Council was able to do something that residents have wanted for a very long time…to make a decision – finally – to move forward with the demolition of the old library and the old senior centre to make way for a new, revitalized Library Square.
After a presentation from staff on the cultural precinct, I put forward the following motion,
THAT the main features of The Town Park (ball diamond, band shell etc) be preserved; And
THAT staff report back on specific enhancements to Town Park for consideration by Council; And
THAT staff report back on estimates for renovations to bring the Armoury building up to code and initiate a design exercise for the re purposing of the Armoury building.
THAT Council authorize staff to proceed with an application for the demolition of 52 and 56 Victoria St pending the relocation of tenants; And
THAT staff begin a design exercise for redevelopment of Library Square.
I believe that as a result of this Council decision, we will take one step closer to developing something special for our downtown core and help kick-start the process of revitalization. As residents know, there has been extensive consultation and collaboration with all key stakeholders; literally decades worth. We have heard loud and clear that the time has come for Council to take action and make decisions to move forward.
I am pleased to say that Council passed the motion.
We are taking decisive action; positive steps towards creating a downtown that will make all Aurorans proud! I for one am excited about the possibilities this represents and look forward to those next steps that will bring us from concept to reality in shaping the Heart of Aurora.