Machell’s Alley

Aurora prepares Machell’s Alley to welcome residents and visitors this summer!

Back alleys are traditionally not where most people want to hang out, but increasingly cities and towns across North America and around the world are revitalizing them to provide vibrant, outdoor spaces in these underutilized areas teeming with untapped potential.

These activations have been met with huge success by their communities who benefit from increased public space and rejuvenation of areas that in turn benefits the local economy. This is why I am thrilled to share that Aurora will be joining this list, as we prepare Machell’s Alley for residents and visitors to enjoy this summer.

The result of an innovative, multi-organizational collaboration, Machell’s Alley is a temporary donated greenspace, in the vacant lot at 15217 Yonge Street, in the heart of Downtown Aurora’s historic district. The property owner, Yonge Developments Inc., is providing the space for public use while waiting for social and economic conditions to warrant the development of a new, exciting building in this location.

Machell’s Alley will be used as an open-air seating space for downtown visitors to enjoy local food, entertainment and ambience. Staff are working hard to prepare the space with signage, beautiful greenery, hanging lights and picnic tables with brightly coloured umbrellas. The space is anticipated to open by the end of May, pending COVID restrictions and health measures.

The Machell’s Alley revitalization is an excellent example of collaboration to support local businesses and would not have been possible without the Aurora Economic Development Corporation, Yonge Developments Inc., the Downtown Aurora BIA, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Explore Aurora and Central Counties Tourism. By working together we can continue to build awareness of Downtown Aurora while providing a vibrant and inviting space for residents and visitors.

I look forward to seeing many familiar faces as we all enjoy Machell’s Alley this summer!

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