AHA Board reiterates position: No new housing at Jericho site
By Stephanie lulay firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 5:13PM
AURORA — Aurora Housing Authority board commissioners once again voted against redevelopment of any housing at the former Jericho Circle public housing site.
Instead, AHA board members opted to make it their official intention to pursue leasing the vacant 13-acre site to interested parties. The measure passed 5-0 Wednesday night, with board member Mattie Coble abstaining from the vote.
The board’s now-official position is in line with recommendations from the Urban Land Institute, a regional planning group that studied the Jericho Circle issue this year.
AHA Executive Director Keith Gregory said that Aurora University officials are now aiming to expand the university’s sports fields. The AHA would likely agree to lease the land to AU for that purpose, but “it’s totally up to (the university) whether they do or not,” he said.
Over the past few years, the AHA Board’s position on a rebuild of public housing at the site on the city’s West Side has changed.
“It became so necessary (to state an official position) because for so long, we were unclear,” Gregory said. “For once, I think think everyone’s sort of in agreement with what the next steps should be.”
On Wednesday, board members were presented with three options: to work with developer Brinshore-Michaels to redevelop housing at the Jericho site; to develop no housing at the site and lease the land to interested parties or develop another non-housing option; or to allow the site to remain vacant.
Gregory said upkeep at the site is about $15,000 per year.