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Development Committee Minutes


Trustee Guethle called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

Committee Members in attendance: Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mark Guethle. Staff in attendance: Steve Bosco, Village Administrator; Mike Toth, Community and Economic Development Director; Cindy Torraco, Exec. Assistant.

Motion to approve the September 19, 2016 Development Committee Minutes made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Guethle. All in Favor – Motion Approved


1. TIF Façade Grant request in the amount of $7,000 for the property located at 201 Smoke Tree Lane.

Toth presented information regarding a T.I.F. grant application from the North Aurora Hotel for the demolition of their outdoor swimming pool. Toth noted that staff has been working with the hotel for a few years and asking that they repair or demolish the pool. He noted that the pool and all other concrete structures would be removed, including sign posts. Fox Excavating submitted the lowest bid at $14,000 and with the 50% T.I.F. grant, a reimbursement of $7,000 will be granted once the project is complete. Toth noted that Fox Excavating has been working on the demolition of 24 S. Lincolnway and they were informed that they would have to complete that project before being allowed to do the demolition of the hotel pool. In addition to the pool demolition, the hotel will use the space to put in a courtyard and will maintain a landscape berm for screening. T.I.F. funds would not be reimbursed until the project is complete.

Trustees Guethle and Gaffino were in favor of awarding the T.I.F. grant. They asked about the general condition of the hotel and Toth noted they have done quite a bit of work and as part of their licensing, the building inspector has done numerous inspections. Toth noted that the Village has been working with them to improve the property. He further noted they do seem to get a lot of police calls. He further noted the hotel was working with Choice Hotels to make it a franchise Rodeway Inn, and noted as a franchise, they will have to uphold certain standards, which would be an improvement.


Trustee Guethle asked about an asking price for 24 S. Lincolnway. Toth noted staff is looking to encourage developers and said we know the value of the property based on the appraisal received last year. Guethle suggested listing the property on the Village’s website. Toth noted the property would be well suited for to a single serve business.

Staff discussed the status of various development projects with the Committee, including the proposed hotel on Randall Road and the Springs Apartments.

Toth noted that Noonan’s pub will be getting their certificate of occupancy and the health department should be going through this week.

Toth also noted the bowling alley site is nearing completion of the interior renovations and they are finishing up with the outside, noting there will be a brick façade per the plans.

Toth noted “Garage 31” on Lincolnway will be having their soft opening in a couple weeks. He noted the Village will be installing a new storm sewer drain on the property along with curb. Further, they may apply for a T.I.F. grant in the future for repairs to the parking lot.

Bosco noted the water tower painting project was nearing completion and the tower should be back in service by the end of the week.


Motion to Adjourn by Trustee Gaffino, second by Trustee Guethle

All in Favor - Meeting Adjourned at 8:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Torraco
Exec. Assistant/Deputy Clerk


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