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Monday, July 02, 2012

Fleecing of Aurora | For $18-20 Million, This Is What Taxpayers Will Get for the RiverEdge Park



Why would a park that is mostly grass and trees cost $18 to 20 million dollars, not including the money that will be lost by taking prime property from the tax rolls?

Well, according to Stephanie Phifer, the city's so-called planning director, leaving aside the millions to "coincidentally" reward campaign contributors of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, there's lots of expense involved with creating a stage.

So, this stage (see photo) is what taxpayers get?

Let's not all scream it at once:

"Yay."

As we toured the so-called park and stage that faces mostly south and west, we noticed that when you stand on the stage, you get a direct view of the river.

And, you look straight into the hot sun, wind or rain...and if you will be performing at night, you'll get a few thousands bugs and mosquitos, too to join you on stage.

We asked Phifer, who has tried to justify all kinds of public projects that turned out to be poorly designed, planned and costly, why the stage was set in such a way that will mean any performer could experience difficult (i.e. miserable) conditions unless they perform early in the morning.

She said "I dunno."

It's important to note the original promise by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner for the park on a narrow strip of land along Rt. 25 on the east side of the Fox River with no parking was to have it fully funded privately.

That, of course, didn't happen.

Taxpayers will "coincidentally" fund most of it instead.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who designed it Cordigan n Clark sound like something they would do

Anonymous said...

Another architecturally sterile piece of shit paid for by you the taxpayer. VOTE THEM ALL OUT next election.

Anonymous said...

For years, the Park District has used a portable trailer/stage "Showmobile" for concerts, etc. It has worked wonderfully, and best of all can be easily transported wherever needed. Why did we need to build this expensive stage that can NOT be moved and can ONLY be used half the year?

Not the best use of our hard-earned tax dollars.

:(

Anonymous said...

Because the Mayor has nothing else going on. He borrows and spends money to imitate economic development.

Anonymous said...

Aside from being about $17,000,000.00 too much money, it is a blight on the riverfront.

Anonymous said...

There was a workshop with about a hundred local people that met for about a week to design this park. What is here has NO RESEMBLANCE TO WHAT WAS DECIDED.

What a slap in the face.

Anonymous said...

I think we should protest this and make them tear it down.

Anonymous said...

The concrete barricades do not appear to "recelebrate" the river.

Al Kohollick said...

Why does that island just southwest of the band shell look like it was used to test Atomic weapons ?

Al Kohollick said...

Is the Mayor still holding fundraisers at Restaraunts that are fronts for certain street gangs?

Anonymous said...

The head city planner, Stephane Phifer, lives in Chicago, an 80 mile daily round trip commute. Nice planning Steph! Why? Something to do with Aurora being Second to None? Phifer hauls in about $115,599, plus benefits/pension. For this most generous sum, she..ok..she..brings in..many major developments..like Restaurant Row (question: when is a Row one restaurant? A: when it's in Aurora!) meanwhile, over at the "music park"..she is in charge of building something that has no maintenance budget. Of course this will prove to be a good thing, as the ugly monstrosity of a stage will crumble into the Fox River quickly..with our tax money in tow. Hopefully this will happen while one of the $10K plus tribute bands are slogging through yet another rendition of some awful tuneage by Styx or Journey.."Don't Stop Believin'! Sing along with Tommy, Stephie and Carie Ann..as they close reciting Aurora's newnewnew for 2012 motto :Aurora-We're not Happy until You're Not Happy!.

Anonymous said...

It looks terrible, it's foolishly designed and let me get this straight, the DESIGNS cost over two million bucks?

I'm not sure if I'm more pissed off at Weisner and his idiots or the voters of Aurora who have allowed such incompetent people in office.

Anonymous said...

I drove past the "park" today and where the hell are all these thousands of people supposed to park?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they just put the park on all the land for the Shodeen project since that's dead and another Weisner flop?

Anonymous said...

1:55 back when when Tommy boy was pushing the Shodeen deal, several people (I'm pretty sure including Kifowit and Lawrence) were saying the best use of that land was for a park, NOT for any kind of housing. But that's what Tommy was pushing for. So what do we get? A supposedly cleaned up toxic dump w/ holes and NO building on it at all, and a park & band shell in an area where the only parking available is going to be the Transit center lots -- which will soon be overflowing. Of course, once they build the pedestrian bridge, maybe people can park in the $7 million lot Tommy built for Waubonsee -- or will we have to pay them rent for using the lot we paid for?

Anonymous said...

I want a refund !!