Council Approves Heritage Permit Application for 60 Fleury Street

Aurora Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a Heritage Application Permit that will allow a family to demolish and rebuild their home at 60 Fleury Street after a fire in January 2022 heavily damaged the original structure.

A Heritage Application Permit was required to demolish and rebuild the house because 60 Fleury Street is located within the Northeast Old Aurora Heritage Conservation District and is designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. Approval by Council is required for any demolition or alteration of properties within this area.

As part of the design process for the new build, the homeowner has engaged with staff to ensure conformity with the neighbourhood’s character and policies of the Northeast Old Aurora Heritage Conservation District Plan.

Black History Month Recap

Aurora Town Council received a delegation from Phiona Durrant, the President of the Aurora Black Community Association (ABC), on Black History Month activities that the Town supported in February 2023.

Council heard that the various events – including a Pan-African flag-raising ceremony, Black History Month gala, Diversity on the Ice event, and Jazz, Paint and Poetry night – were very successful and attended by more than 500 residents, providing the community with an opportunity to celebrate Black excellence and learn about Black history. Council also heard from the chair of the Aurora Black Caucus, Milton Hart, who encouraged the Town to continue strengthening its partnerships with Black Community organizations to celebrate Black History and tackle anti-Black racism.

The Mayor and Councillors thanked ABC for developing and executing an exciting and engaging Black History Month program and expressed that they looked forward to the Town partnering with Black community organizations on future initiatives.

Celebrating and Thanking Allan Downey

Aurora Town Council also received a presentation from Doug Nadorozny, the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer, that paid tribute to Allan Downey, the Town’s Director of Operational Services, who is set to retire on March 31.

Mr. Downey first started with the Town in 1999, and in his 23 plus years of service, has made significant and lasting contributions to the Town and to the community. Mr. Downey has overseen many major projects during his tenure, including such buildings as the Aurora Public Library, Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex, The Aurora Armoury, and the new Fire Station 4-5 on Earl Stewart Drive, to name just a few. In his role, Mr. Downey has also been responsible for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Town’s 473 hectares of parkland and close to 500 kilometres of roads and sidewalks.

The Mayor and Councillors thanked Mr. Downey for his years of service to the community and wished him the best of luck in retirement.

An interim Director of Operational Services will be announced shortly.