LD204 board hears plans for huge Asian shopping center off Route 59, New York Street: Mayor Richard Irvin told the board retail areas like Yorkshire are dinosaurs that are "dying off and becoming extinct," and the city needs to do something to invigorate those areas by creating destination locations.
"We have the opportunity here to create one of the largest Asian developments of this kind in the United States of America," Irvin said.
David Dibo, executive director of the Aurora mayor's Office of Economic Development, said the Pacific Square is proposing to invest $10 million into the 365,000 square feet of existing retail space that will include a supermarket and food court, dining and entertainment spots, green space and a garden, and space for education-, beauty- and spa-type uses.
'Trend setting' Asian shopping center proposed for Aurora would be largest in U.S., officials say": "Against this backdrop, the city has been working with Pacific Square in what we believe is an exciting, timely and extremely creative means not only to address these trends, but to energize a corridor in a manner that can very well be trend setting on a national basis," Dibo said in the memo.
He estimated the amount of the total inducements from the city would be about $15 million. According to some ideas floated in the material provided the school board, the new center could include a supermarket and food court, dining and entertainment spots, green space and a garden, educational and beauty and spa type of uses.
Aurora Plaza May Become Biggest Asian Shopping Center In U.S.: The 360,000 square foot Yorkshire Plaza is currently home to Best Buy, Planet Fitness, Pier 1 Imports, and other shops and restaurants. It is not clear how the proposed revisions would impact these businesses.
David Dibo, executive director of the city's Office of Economic Development, said in a memo that he views the proposal as a "timely and extremely creative means" of tackling the issue of empty retail spaces along Rte. 59, Chicago Tribune reports.
芝加哥西郊-“太古廣場”（Pacifica Square) 即將成立: 芝加哥西郊的華人有福了，一個佔地達三十六萬平方英尺、擁有一千五百多個停車位的巨大的華人購物和住宅中心— “太古廣場”（Pacifica Square) 亞洲城即將在華人密集的瑞柏市(Naperville)和艾羅拉市(Aurora)最精華的商業中心繁華地段成立。
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