Long-term goals for city include Aurora county, light rail and homeless help

“Could we put a gold star on Regatta? It’s a gateway to the city,” said councilwoman Molly Markert. “If we don’t do something to that we are going to be so flat.”

AURORA | In the next two years Aurora residents may be on their way to living in their own county, have a municipal government office for international relations, drive on East Sixth Avenue all the way to E-470 and have a basketball court for homeless people.

The wide-ranging and broad goals were part of the city council’s 13-point plan for the next two years that serve as an early annual budget reference. The council heard an update to their plan as part of its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Most of the 13 goals in the city council’s plan are carried over from previous initiatives from earlier elected councils. The council outlined four new goals earlier this year, which included accommodations for the city’s homeless that may include year-round shelter and grant money for outdoor recreation facilities.

The city council in its new goals also outlined the need for transit-oriented development plans at its nine light rail stops in Aurora. The area around the existing Nine Mile station, in particular, has been an eyesore for the city for several years.

“Could we put a gold star on Regatta? It’s a gateway to the city,” said councilwoman Molly Markert. “If we don’t do something to that we are going to be so flat.”

The other two new goals suggested by the council were state Legislature lobbying priorities and a city Office of International Initiatives.

Nine goals were carried over from previous councils and were already largely underway, according to City Manager Skip Noe. Included in the update were plans for the old Fan Fare site, Colfax corridor, Fitzsimons redevelopment plan and Westerly Creek corridor. Noe also spoke briefly about the city’s plans to increase employee pay over the next two years after wages were frozen after the recession.

No permanent action on the city council’s plans was taken Monday.

  • Jon_Amendall

    There are probably some empty buildings Council could set up a shelter in, get AUMHC to do it, or give some tax kickbacks to Gaylord/Marriott/RIDA Homeless Resorts.
    Molly “Conform” Markert is out next year. Perhaps the government housing Projects known as Transit-Oriented Development can go with her. Aurora’s very own Cabrini Greens.