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?