Council Votes to Proceed with Library Square and 22 Church Street Addition

At a Special Council Meeting held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Aurora Town Council voted in favour of moving forward with the building of a new cultural and community space in downtown Aurora. Known currently as Library Square, the project includes two key elements – a vibrant outdoor square and a new community facility that will feature a flexible performance hall with seating for up to 250 people and a variety of multi-purpose programming spaces that will help bring life and energy to the downtown core.

“This is a pivotal point in our Town’s history and one that will change the trajectory of our community. Our residents are excited about this project and I am incredibly proud of Council for working together to take this next step to move the project from concept to reality,” said Mayor Tom Mrakas. “In many ways, we are returning to the roots of our Town by bringing our downtown core back to its former glory and making it a dynamic community gathering space once again. We are investing in our community and I’m confident this will encourage businesses to follow suit and invest in downtown Aurora.”

Located at Church Street and Victoria Street, behind the current Aurora Public Library, the outdoor square will include an ice rink, water spray feature, water wall feature, amphitheatre-style seating and a large open space. It is anticipated the square will be used for concerts, music festivals, public art displays, skating, food truck festivals, markets, pop-up shows and shops.

The total capital budget for this project is $38.2 million, representing a further increase of $36 million from what was previously approved by Council. The new Library Square operating budget will require an additional $720,000 in municipal support. This impact on the operating budget will be strategically phased onto the tax levy in increments of $240,000 (0.5% increase) per year for the next three years, commencing in 2019.

“Countless hours and a great deal of care and energy have gone into this project. Staff and Council have worked collaboratively with our community to create a plan for a space that is truly reflective of our Town. Library Square is all about bringing together old and new in a way that embraces Aurora’s history and heritage while creating new opportunities for our residents,” said Town of Aurora Chief Administrative Officer Doug Nadorozny.
For further information on the funding strategy, amenities and features, community consultation and parking, please see the attached handout.

Additional Council Information

Comprehensive minutes of Aurora Town Council Meetings, which detail the full list of Council decisions, are available under Agendas and Minutes on the Town of Aurora website.