Tuesday, December 03, 2013

If You Make Non-Profits A Big Part Of Your Downtown...

I am not really sure how you can complain about the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) looking at doing a development downtown...

The Beacon is reporting that the AHA is looking at doing a "workforce housing" thing in downtown Aurora and how the city is not real happy about the idea

“The city has spent years and millions of dollars to revitalize its downtown and encourage more private investment,” he said. “We have communicated to AHA staff that we are not in favor of public housing at the River Street property.”

Considering how proud the city is of it's nonprofits downtown, for example if you go to AuroraDowntown.org you will find information about Culture Shock  a nonprofit social enterprise (the site's words not mine), the building on the LaSalle St that the city purchased fairly close to downtown (if not in downtown) for an East Side community center.  The large Waubonsee Community College campus downtown, are all nonprofits, that doesn't even include all of the city owned land in downtown (the amount of street level offices the city has downtown will surprise you).

I don't see how you can proclaim the desire for private investment, when most of what is going on downtown that is relatively new involves non-profits...

If you want to encourage more private investment downtown, might I suggest you stop encouraging so much nonprofit activity.  Nothing wrong with nonprofit activity downtown, just not sure you can have it both ways...

Then again I suspect the city might just buy the property and turn it over to a nonprofit.

Also, since when did Aurora have a shortage of rental properties for folks making between 40 and 50k a year?

 

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