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Monday, April 22, 2013

One Final Shot to Change Jail Design for Corrupt $40 Million New Aurora Public Library for Downtown | Speak Up Now or Let the Scheme Begin...

On Tuesday, the Aurora City Council will consider the jail design for the corrupt $40 million new Aurora Public Library for downtown Aurora and also a zoning change to allow the library to encroach on street setback across residential.

The library, with the collusion of corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner, is expecting a mostly rubber-stamp approval, but many residents of Aurora have expressed disappointment with the jail design for many reasons beyond it's horrible aesthetics and the massive corruption involved with contracts and schemes.

Here's just SOME of the many complaints raised by viewers:

* Building turns its back to River Street and fails to compliment the future retail and restaurant corridor

* Residential condos are directly across the street and setbacks are too close

* Sections of River Street side of building are nothing more than bland institutional walls (like a jail)

* Design fails to incorporate future two-way traffic for River Street

* Interior design has eliminated cafe due to protecting profits for cronies

* Interior design focuses excessive space for staff and too little space for community

* Interior design is based upon traditional library model instead of being future-focused

Instead of an open competition to the world for the best design and vision, the jail design for the corrupt library was by John Cordogan of Cordogan Clark.  By no "coincidence" Mr. Cordogan is a primary campaign contributor to the corrupt mayor of Aurora and "coincidentally" gets city contracts.

With interest on bonds, the library project exceeds $40 million already.  Contrary to the many promises made by the library board in the past year, they failed to consider or incorporate the legitimate feedback and concerns of the community, school districts and ideas from all over on how to do the library the right way.

The ONLY option is for the Aurora City Council, which already approved a massive tax increase for the corrupt project, to force the library to CHANGE the design.

Otherwise, construction will begin on May 1st and the next generation of Aurora will ask why nobody spoke up to make sure this was done correctly instead of rushing through to reward cronies of a corrupt mayor.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 at 6pm

To speak on this or any other agenda item, contact the city clerk at 630-256-3070.

Copy of agenda (PDF)

Large Bill List (PDF)

NOTE:  In addition to the library issue, there will also be a vote on approving the agreement to close the Fox River Trail to the public for the corrupt $20 million River Edge Park.  It will also be the final city council meeting for Alderman Rick Lawrence, Alderman Allan Lewandowski and Alderman Lynda Elmore.


Anonymous said...

The contractors can't wait for the $40 million.....let the good times's okay if you go a little over-budget Tom has our back. He's got that mandate thing in his pocket.

Anonymous said...

4:59 Why didn't you run against the Mayor. Oh I know, that would have taken guts. It is just easier to be a bitch.

So who are the corrupt cronies that run openline? I wonder what your scheme for Aurora is?

Anonymous said...

5:48 is right - the time for people to change things was on Feb 26 and April 9th. The sweeping vast majority of this city stayed home and did not care enough to change the status quo. Ergo, it is logical to conclude they are content.

And 4:59 is right, Tom has a mandate. Everyone of his candidates except Lofchie won. And I doubt he is too upset by having a school teacher on the city council as they are liberal.

Anonymous said...

You know, I don’t love the design, though it would make a very bad jail indeed, with ALL THOSE WINDOWS!
It seems to turn its back on River Street, except for ALL THOSE WINDOWS, because the major entrance seems to be where the parking is. You know, on the other side?
The setbacks are a problem, but that’s one of the purest politics and really nothing can be done about it. The building is already designed to a certain footprint, requiring certain setback. I simply can’t imagine that they’re going to send them back to the drawing room. That would only add to the costs.
Like a jail? So, the entirety of the building ought to be glazed? A giant, glass pavilion? Ok, works for me, I suppose. I guess I don’t see it that way, it looks like a normal building to me. Some areas in glass, some areas that are walls. You know, like everything else on earth?
I’m a bit surprised that there is no cafe, but what makes you think it has to do with protecting cronies? Wouldn’t EVERYTHING be better off if a coffee place opened across the street, run by, oh... someone with a profit motive? Talking out of both sides of your mouth, as always, but why cronies?
I guess I have no comment about staff vs. public space. I don’t know how they do that math.
As for your final point, even I can guess somethings about that. You design a flexible building for services today, with tech. incorporated. If the ‘digital revolution’ actually happens, the walls aren’t load bearing, and you can reconfigure on the fly. Imagine how openline would whine if it was designed for a future that may, or may not, happen. It’s just silliness to think that you can accurately predict the next 5 years in technology.

The untouched issue, based on last week, is what happens with water runoff? That seems like a pretty important question.

Anonymous said...

Well the tea party sent an alert about this, this blog did a call to arms, and a e-mail was circulated and it seems no one spoke out against this 1970s vision of a library. Never mind that modern libraries have ditched this vision. It just proves what we all know, no one in Aurora gives a damn. This back to the future design proves what a bunch of uneducated, head in the sand, disengaged fools live in this city, What a fricking waste of money. This thing was obsolete 20 years ago.

Anonymous said...

No, it's just that no one cares about ridiculous calls to alarm. The library will be an adaptable asset for this part of downtown Aurora.

Anonymous said...

Ok, 12:15, I'm honestly interested in your opinion.
What makes this a 1970s vision of a library, and what libraries have ditched this vision?

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the original plan for the Sugar Grove Waubonsee campus. It was designed for a different climate etc, but the building the library is in was designed to flex in terms of structure and be infinitely flexible. The flex design,open ceiling concept has been around a long time. The White Elephant now used by IMSA was also a flex design with only the south portion of the building with the gymnasiums designed to be hardened.

Compare what Aurora is doing with what modern libraries are doing like the University of Chicago Library or out in AZ.

Not only are they designed for collaboration but the actual physical books are housed in vaults and are retrieved by robots. UofCh has remote locations for its archives books and can get any book in 20 minutes once it is ordered. In AZ since the library does not have massive remote locations for collections retrieval time of any book is less than 90 seconds! they can store 18x more books in a given space because the retrieval and stocking is not manual.

Technologies also allow worldwide collaborations taking place in cloud environment and virtual meetings that connect on site meeting rooms in cyberspace.

In other words you can reserve a meeting room for your group at any time (24x7) and you can link up virtually with anyone else world wide.

Basically all aurora is getting is old, shelve the books manually in very expensive to heat and cool space with a bunch of computer access terminals and some e-books in a flex space. This thing was obsolete before it got off the drawing board.

Anonymous said...

Flexibility seems to be the best alternative, and I can't imagine another useful or practical way to go. The future is... difficult to predict.
The two robot fed libraries that you reference serve radically different purposes than a public library main branch, it seems to me. They're undeniably cool ideas, and the notion of robots delivering books seems like a good one. For the purpose they were designed for, which isn't even remotely what this particular library is meant to do. Can you imagine a 8-20 minute wait to have a robot deliver the newest best seller from the lower levels?
This isn't meant to be a storage facility for the least used books on a campus. That's the whole point of the UofC library, as far as their own materials seem to suggest.
And the notion of 24x7 online virtual meeting rooms? Sure, lovely. In the downtown branch of the APL? For... who? For what? Now that would be appalling, and fiscally wasteful!

Anonymous said...

I like reading books. It is mostly personal, but I remember a book. Reading on a computer is work, and not as enjoyable. I dont know why. I do like the ritual of finding a book on the shelf. At the Aurora Library, I like looking up the books that I read as a child. Many of the exact same books I read in 1967, are still on the shelves now.

Computers, are nice, but there will come a day when technology fails. Books will be necessary to rebuild societies, in the event of a world catastrophe. Books belong in a library.

Anonymous said...

Yeah this thread pretty much sums aurora up. A bunch of old white people who are trapped in a time warp and don't want to embrace technology, the future or reality.

No wonder every community but aurora is thriving.

Anonymous said...

6:29 I embrace technology. Let me ask you, if libraries become book free, why have a library at all. Why not just put computers in a big warehouse
for all who don't have computers to come and use as they please? I'm all for computers in a library, but should still come first.

Anonymous said...

I happen to think libraries as a physical place are obsolete. There is not point to them anymore.

Anonymous said...

12:29 I understand your argument, it is logical. It would be a sad day for many if that comes to fruition.

Anonymous said...

Got to understand how the fees work. The architect gets 10% of the cost for design and an additional 10% on the equipment. Looks like close to 8 million for Cordigan and co. for digging down to the depths of imagination of all their creative might for this farm building. It is at least as crappy looking as that new school on the west side.

Anonymous said...

6:55 am
Isn't that close to the typical fees that is normally charged by an architect, for a building of this type?