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Friday, January 15, 2010

Old Copley Hospital Site in Aurora Hits Another Obstacle in Long-Running Saga

The old Copley Hospital site on Aurora's near east side in the 3rd Ward continues to face yet another obstacle in one of the long saga since Rush-Copley bolted for a new campus on Rt. 34 about 15 years ago.

The latest proposal for the site was by Mercy Housing Lakefront to create a mixed-use senior living center at the site.  They were seeking millions from HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) for several projects (including about $66 million for projects within Kane County, not just Aurora) and were denied.

They continue to have a contract to purchase the property and will seek alternate financing, including private investment, but it's not clear why they didn't seek private financing in the first place instead of federal grants.

A proposal to convert the facility into a surgical center was denied previously by the State of Illinois.

So, the obvious question remains...what is the solution for the Old Copley Hospital site?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Instead of Stefanie wasting so much time running from party to party she should work to fix this problem. But no rumor has it she will be running for Linda Chapa Blago's seat as Linda prepares to run from Mayor. There is a pair the crook and the airhead. Thats why the east side is screwed.

Anonymous said...

What has Stephanie accomplished? Now she wants it torn down. Who is going to pay for that?

Anonymous said...

This story obviously stolen from the Beacon.

Anonymous said...

Does the beacon still exist? I thought they died along time ago!

Haven't read that piece o crap in years.

Anonymous said...

It should be torn down. Who owns that building? They are the one who should pay for it. The City has the right to charge the owners to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Tear the shit hole down, and plant some oak and locust trees, put in a very nice walkway and a few park benches and a lovely flower garden. What we need in Aurora is fewer buildings and more green space. That place is perfect for a park with a nice flower garden as it is very visible and would make a nice way to say something abut Aurora other than that is a third world shit hole.

Anonymous said...

The Beacon News, that liberal rag that has lead the demise of Aurora?

Anonymous said...

Stephanie has gone to the Mayor several times and he has basically turned her away. The city SHOULD tear it down!!! It would be a great use of open land. Bardwell could use it for the kids to play on! Imagine playing on grass instead of blacktop! Weisner would be smart to act on this, it would show that possibly, he cares about the east side. I don't know who keeps voting for him, but it shouldn't be east siders, and if you are, shame on you!!!

Anonymous said...

When the east pays taxes them maybe we should look at the Copley property

Anonymous said...

Charity Navigator gives Mercy Housing a "poor" rating. A poor rating means fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause. Mercy's CEO Sister Murphy makes $340,000. I am actually surprised HUD didn't fund them!

Anonymous said...

hey,
doesn't tommy boy weisner's friend from chicago own the old copley site?

Anonymous said...

i have two questions first one how long has the old copley been in aurora and i also heard that the old copley was haunted is that true

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Cherri said...

I used to live down the street from Copley Hospital in the 50's when it was thriving. Haven't lived in Aurora for over 50 years and hate to hear about Copley's demise. What ever happened to the property? Did it eventually get torn down. Our house on Weston Avenue was torn down many years ago for the hospital parking lot. Sad.

Cherri said...

My aunt was a nurse instructor in the hospital. I think she was director of Nursing Education or something like that. Quite a teacher I have heard..... ELLA DUNLAP...does anyone remember her? I know she was there in the middle to late 50's but don't know how long before and after that. She loved her students and heard from some years later thanking her. She was pretty strict, for sure by today's standards.