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Share and Care finds new home after closure of N. Aurora center

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:24 a.m. CDT
(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 – Share and Care Learning Center has a new permanent home following the closure of the village-owned North Aurora Activity Center at 1 N. Lincolnway because of structural damage to the building’s roof.

The North Aurora Activity Center has been closed since March 12 after structural engineers have confirmed that the roof joists over the building’s west side show significant damage. The unusually heavy snowfall this season increased the load on the building.

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, Village Administrator Steve Bosco said.

Meanwhile, Share and Care Learning Center will be moving permanently into the former Rainbow Tile building at 12 John St. in North Aurora. Share and Care was one of the main tenants in the North Aurora Activity Center.

"Our best plan was to find another place," Share and Care owner Suzanne Starble said. "These families need stability."

An opening date in the new building has not yet been set.

"We will open as soon as all regulatory agencies give us final inspections," Starble said. "I think it will be very soon."

Share and Care had served 122 children a day. Starble said the learning center will be licensed for 99 children a day at the new location.

The North Aurora Activity Center originally served as North Aurora Grade School from 1933 to 1968. Other tenants in the building include 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.

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