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Village trustees decide not to repair North Aurora Activity Center

NORTH AURORA – Village trustees Monday decided the North Aurora Activity Center at 1 N. Lincolnway is not worth saving.

The Activity Center has been closed since March 12 because of structural damage.

Batavia-based Kluber Architects and Engineers in a report had determined there are three sections of the building where the roof joists have failed because they were stressed beyond their maximum designed capacities.

“According to the report, the damage to the joists was caused by a combination of the framing not being properly designed for dead and live loads [the building was constructed in the 1930s] and the high snowfall experienced this past season where cold temperatures did not allow for normal periodic melting,” Village Administrator Steve Bosco said.

Adding supports to all of the joists in the affected areas as recommended by Kluber is estimated to cost $219,862, of which the village’s insurance company would provide $103,146 in loss contribution.

The village’s total out-of-pocket costs would be about $116,715, Bosco said.

“I don’t think it would be the wisest decision to put money into an aging building,” Village Trustee Laura Curtis said during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Other trustees agreed.

The village now will solicit demolition bids and have the property appraised.

Village President Dale Berman said he doesn’t want to see the building just sit there.

“I don’t want to see an empty building there for a long period of time,” Berman said.

Share and Care Learning Center, which was one of the main tenants in the North Aurora Activity Center, recently found a new permanent home in the former Rainbow Tile building at 12 John St. in North Aurora.

The North Aurora Activity Center originally served as North Aurora Grade School from 1933 to 1968. Other tenants in the building included Haley’s Playground, which serves those with special needs.

Haley’s Playground has announced a new partnership with the Association of Individual Development’s Keeler Center in Aurora and will be moving there.

The Friday Nite Spot – a volunteer-run activity for fourth- through eighth-grade students – also has been housed at the North Aurora Activity Center .

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