- Associated Press - Sunday, October 15, 2017

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - Renovation work has started as part of a $35 million project to turn a community college building into an arts center in downtown Aurora.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports the 80,000-square-foot building was part of the former Waubonsee Community College and was vacant for more than five years. It eventually will house a performing arts school, rehearsal space, a restaurant and dozens of apartments for artists and performers. The project includes the Paramount Theatre next door.

Funding for the overall project comes from money facilitated by the nonprofit developer The Community Builders Inc. and the city of Aurora.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin says as the project moves forward “so does the progress of the entire downtown area.”

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Information from: The Beacon-News, https://beaconnews.chicagotribune.com/

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