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Friday, September 17, 2010

Aurora University Pushes New Dorm for Students, But Neighbors Say Not So Fast


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Aurora University has a problem.  They continue to grow, but they are located in a neighborhood that has limited room for physical expansion of the campus.

The school first a proposed $7 million, 27,700 square foot, 116 bed dorm between the school's library and Wilkinson Hall, but neighbors strongly objected.

Now, Aurora University is proposing to locate the same dorm between the school's student center and the Institute for Collaboration.

Some say Aurora University needs to think-out-of-the-box...in this case, out of the campus with off-campus housing as they continue to grow.

Should Aurora University be allowed to build another dorm or should it consider off-campus options?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

A lot of us on the East side lost respect for Aurora University when they hired "Serial Bully" Radakovich to teach graduate-level courses like "School & Community Relations". What a joke!

And now the West side has their own issues with AU. That's no surprise, considering that their board of directors have been thumbing their noses at the community for years.

Anonymous said...

I think that the neighbors shot down the proposed parking deck on AU property that would have relieved the neighborhood of some of these cars. The parking on Prairie is getting out of hand and is creating an unsafe situation.

Anonymous said...

AU is really starting to destroy the community in this area. they should look to Jericho circle for housing and run a shuttle 24x7.

Anonymous said...

the jericho circle thing would be great. Its within walking distance just across the tracks, thru the park and up Randall. plus it gets the kids out of the neighborhood rentals. It would be a win for all I would think. The parking garage in that area just doesnt fit right. Totally would lose the small college neighborhood feel.

Anonymous said...

There was a time not too long ago that the President of Aurora University lived in the neighborhood in a house provided by the University. Since the President moved out of the neighborhood, Aurora University has not been concerned about the neighborhood.

The AU President should live in the AU neighborhood. Then there would be concern about the impact the University has on the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Do they have a demographic profile of AU? Seems to me a lot of Mulignans are hanging around now. And dorms would simply exacerbate the problem.

Anonymous said...

The neighbors, City and AU need to work out this expansion plan or the University will leave for Orchard Road and beyond. Then the City can say they won all in the name of defeating institutional creep, holding the neighborhood in the highest regard and preserving the houses forever. This City has made some real blunders when it comes to failing to recognize the importance of civic, cultural, business and religious institutions and the importance they play in keeping neighborhoods strong, especially near historic areas. Our Savior Church, Reulands, Copley Hospital, Fourth Street Methodist, New England Congregational, neighborhood gas stations, McDonald's, First Presbyterian Church, are just a few examples of vital neighborhood anchors whose reasonable expansion/construction plans have been stymied by a handful of misguided and backward thinking desk sitters from City government who thought they were advancing the greater good by obstructing the need of these places to thrive. The proof? Look around Aurora. Lots of empty and stagnating buildings. So let's make sure that AU and everyone else keep expansion in that big box centered around Marseillaes, Gladstone, Prairie, Buell and maybe a little bit beyond. In the long run, it's what's best for the preservation of the modern day ever-changing neighborhood surrounding it.

Anonymous said...

This blog is pathetic; Rick if you want to post about Aurora University why don't you just use your name. The neighbors at the planning commission meeting were happy with the compromise. You are the one that is never happy with anything. You are the "Party of NO".

Anonymous said...

9/18 8:45
The complaint is not abot the AU expansion on the campus. It is the impact on the neighborhood and AU's lack of concern for neighborhood impact.

Single family owner-occupied homes have become rental units for college students. Quiet homes have now become the scenes of beer parties and police calls because of disturbances.

Residential streets around AU have been turned into parking lots for dorm residents who choose not to use campus parking lots.

The AU response is that what happens off campus is not their problem.

Anonymous said...

"What happens off campus is not their problem"--maybe because AU bigwigs have been learning "School and Community Relations" from the serial bully.

Anonymous said...

Simply lobby the Aldermen (you have three)to eliminate on street parking without a permit (free for residents) and the area would greatly improve.

Anonymous said...

Radakovich is teaching school & community relations?

What's next, Aurora University--hiring Blagojevich to teach ethics??

Anonymous said...

Our Savior Church

Please, get informed. Our Savior was pushed to the edge of insolvency by Pastor tim and the inept, deceitful leadership of people like Linda (I hire illegal aliens)Pilmer.

The two of them lied to the elderly, shook them down and robbed the collection pools for dedicated church improvement (like the elevator fund that was funded by patrons for that specific narrow purpose).

Remember the congregation voted against the expansion, then Tim and Linda hired PR firm to push their agenda and started inviting the elderly, vulnerable church members to one on one meeting with their select henchmen to change their minds and apply pressure to the vulnerable in order to silence opposition to their plans.

The church was on financial life support and Tim and Linda's grand plan was to do the expansion and in doing so financially devastate the church so it would then open its doors to the growing Hispanic base in Aurora. Remember the church voted to financially aid Hispanic congregations but also wanted to retain its own cultural base and therefore would into support Spanish masses etc. But good ol' I never worked a day in my life and I do not have time to visit the shut-ins unless they give us money Pastor Tim and Linda (wide ass) Pilmer would not take know for an answer so they tried to end run the congregation by burdening it with an expansion that woudl require them to expand outreach in order to support the church. they also targeted the elderly to leave their estates to the church verses family.

The best thing that could have happened to Our Savior was the end of that expansion.

Anonymous said...

Almost all churches in this area are having financial difficulties right now. Maybe Our Savior could have gotten more input from the congregation & community, but hindsight is 20/20.

The fact is, churches HAVE to do whatever they can to bring in revenue (within the bounds of ethics, of course). This includes encouraging parishioners to include the church in their wills, as well as renting out facilities to other groups (such as Hispanic congregations). Our Savior is merely doing what they need to do to survive in this economy.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Our Savior could have gotten more input from the congregation & community, but hindsight is 20/20.


Uh they had teh input. It was put to a vote and the vote was NO from the congregation. But Tim's ego and Linda's lust for power would not allow them to let it go. the pressure that was applied was to wear down the opposition and drive the dissenters from the church.

And here is an example of the pressure. You call a little old lady living at the Constitution house who already tithes. You ask for more money, she explains she already tithes and lives on a fixed income. You then arrange for members of the church to drop by anyways (after she told you no) to apply pressure and get her to wring out a few more dollars.

You find that ethical?

Our Savior was in exceptional financial shape until Pastor Tim robbed the treasury and took the special purpose donations (elevator fund, classroom funds)and blew it on hiring PR firms to shake down the elderly.

Anonymous said...

If you are going to say something derogatory be a man or women and post your name. Stop hiding behind anonymity. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

I love it when an anonymous douche complains about anonymity.

Back Matt, 2011

Mark Strasburg said...

What would you fuckers do if you couldn't complain, whine and cry.
You're all pathetics babies.

Anonymous said...

What would you fuckers do if you couldn't complain, whine and cry.

After I am done complaining and whining I usually enjoy a bj courtesy of your daddy while your mama rims me. But I am not sure how the others unwind.

Anonymous said...

Im surprised many of you had the brains to even type on here seeing how you would buy a home within a stones throw away of a University that has been there well before you were even thought of, and then complain about noise; traffic; etc. Seems that no one seems to respect higher education. The University and their commitment to higher learning is much more significant than any of you that are complaining.

Anonymous said...

I am a resident of the AU community and have been in my home since the late 90's...Sure I was aware that there was going to be growth living this close. What I did not forsee was the lack of respect that the owners of these rentals have for the neighborhoods in terms of keeping the properties looking neat and orderly like those of the actual homeowners that live in their property. These owners fail to cut grass and keep the weeding at a minimum resulting in a very trashy appearance. On top of that concern is the lack of respect from the students occupying these homes. The loud parties and cars racing up and down the block at all hours of the night keep my husband and I indoors during nice summer nights as well as keeping our windows closed so that we can sleep at night. I am all for higher education but to what expense??? If you are going to be away from your parents to attend college and want to be treated like an adult...then behave as such. And I will call Security every single time that I have to watch some idiot squealing his tires down the street when I know that there are small children and pets in these areas. I am mad as hell that the University doesn't address these issues!!!!!!