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North Aurora Activity Center remains closed

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:34 a.m. CDT
(By Eric Schelkopf - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com)
The North Aurora Activity Center at 1 N. Lincolnway remains closed because of structural damage to the roof's building. Engineers have been analyzing the structural integrity of the entire building.

NORTH AURORA – The village-owned North Aurora Activity Center at 1 N. Lincolnway St. remains closed because of structural damage to the building’s roof.

Structural engineers have confirmed that the roof joists over the building’s west side show significant damage. The unusually heavy snowfall this season has increased the load on the building.

Village Administrator Steve Bosco said the building was closed for the safety of its tenants. They include Share and Care Learning Center as well as Haley’s Playground, which serves those with special needs. In addition, the Friday Nite Spot, a volunteer-run activity for fourth- through eighth-grade students, is housed there.

The building originally served as North Aurora Grade School from 1933 to 1968. Bosco said the roof is about 30 years old.

“It’s probably due for a new roof,” he said.

Bosco said a report on the building’s structural integrity might be ready for the village board’s review for its April 7 meeting, along with cost estimates on what work needs to be done. The building will remain closed until the village determines it can safely be reopened, he said.

Haley’s Playground sees an average of 75 kids a week, founder Jackie Olson said. She is looking for a temporary location while the North Aurora Activity Center is closed.

“It is not easy to find activities for kids with special needs,” Olson said. The nonprofit organization is named after her daughter, Haley, who has autism.

Share and Care, which serves 122 children a day, announced on its Facebook page Friday that it will not be open in the next 30 days because of licensing, fire marshal and health department delays.

Share and Care also is seeking another location.

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