Aurora Public Library, Seize the Future Development Foundation, Announce RFP

Downtown Library

Seize the Future Development Foundation, Aurora’s economic development public/private partnership, in conjunction with the Aurora Public Library, announces a request for proposals for the downtown library building located at 1 East Benton in historic downtown Aurora.“This building has been an anchor in the downtown community for over 100 years,” said David Hulseberg, president/CEO of Seize the Future Development Foundation. “We’d like to see a market driven adaptive reuse project that reflects the unique culture of the city and adds value to the community.”

“The current Main Library is a significant piece of Aurora history, and it would be great if someone has a use for it once we move to the new building,” said Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of the Aurora Public Library. “I look forward to talking with potential developers about this site.”

The RFP can be found on Seize the Future’s website www.investinaurora.org. There will be a pre-bid meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the downtown library. After the pre-bid meeting, developers and redevelopment groups will have until 4:00 pm on March 31, 2015 to submit proposals for redevelopment of the building. The proposals will be reviewed by Seize the Future staff and board members and the Aurora Public Library.

For more information, contact Catherine Stieg, Communications/Operations Manager at 630-256-3164, or stiegc@investinaurora.org.

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Established in 1881, the Aurora Public Library has grown to serve a diverse community of more than 200,000 people, providing materials, information, programs, exhibitions, services and educational opportunities in a wide variety of formats. They are dedicated to helping patrons of all ages pursue their educational, informational, recreational, and cultural interests in a way that is meaningful to them. With four locations, a Bookmobile, an interactive website, and an outreach services program, which delivers materials to homebound patrons, the Aurora Public Library is a rich and accessible community resource. For more information visit www.aurorapubliclibrary.org

Seize the Future Development Foundation is Aurora’s economic development public/private partnership. Seize the Future works to promote, attract and retain commercial, industrial, retail and mixed-use development in the City of Aurora. We provide assistance to existing and prospective businesses in the areas of community data, land and building availability, development assistance, and financing resources. Seize the Future strives to make the city stronger by leveraging partnerships between public and private sectors to attract and expand business ventures that stimulate the economy, create jobs and strengthen the community. For the latest news, to follow Seize the Future on Facebook, and for development information, visit the website at www.investinaurora.org.