City workshop welcomes input on possible Broadway district

The City of Aurora held a public workshop on January 9 to gather feedback about the development of a cultural district downtown. A few dozen business and property owners as well as involved citizens showed up to the event hosted by Aurora Public Art on the third floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora Downtown, and Historic Preservation to create and implement the International Marketplace District along Broadway between New York and Downer Place. The initiative seeks to create a sense of place and celebrate the many diverse cultures represented in the City of Aurora.

At the workshop, attendees could participate in a handful of stations that requested feedback on various possibilities for a district along Broadway in downtown Aurora.

The creation of a district is part of both the original and updated master plan for the downtown. Don Hughes, downtown development director with the city of Aurora, and Lesley Roth, project manager with Ratio Design, were on hand to answer questions.

Aurora resident Donald Truax talks to Reba Osborne with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce about possibilities for a district along Broadway in downtown Aurora.
Elle Withall with Ellevate Consulting writes down a suggestion for the possible district along Broadway between New York Street and Downer Place.
Aurora musician and writer Thew Elliot (standing) speaks to a group about artists in the community. Artist Mays Mayhew is standing on the left.
Artists Jahari Alaye, Mays Mayhew, and Thew Elliott facilitate a discussion about what artists offer to the community and what their needs are in the creation and maintenance of a thriving arts district.
Aurora resident and outdoor champion Charlie Zine talks with Melissa Mercado, executive director of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, during an open house workshop about a planned district along Broadway in downtown Aurora that is part of the downtown master plan.