Panel OKs temporary
parking, retail facility
Final site plans for a temporary gravel parking lot at the Aurora Inn and a small retail plaza on West Maple Lane were approved July 20 by the city's planning commission.
The Aurora Inn lot will add 43 parking spaces to the existing 114. It will be between the back of the building and the access road along the Craddock School property.
The lot can remain there for two years, and then the inn's owners plan to pave it and make it permanent, along with plans for a small building addition, new landscaping and paved access road.
The retail plaza will be built to the north of the city's service department grounds. It will contain 47,285 square feet, with 18,285 square feet planned for Phase I. Three total phases are anticipated.
The parking lot will provide 243 spaces. Access will be from Aurora Commons Road and West Maple Lane.
Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said a traffic light at Route 43 and West Maple is not warranted at this time, but a new traffic study will be done once all the phases are completed.
Januska also said West Maple Lane will be a private road.
Moebius plans events
Aurora Conservation Council's Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road will host A Midsummer Night's Dream event Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.
Participants are urged to dress in costumes of a super hero, fairy prince, etc. They will enjoy crafts, a campfire, food and a lantern launch, and will hike in the moonlight.
A Crickets and Katydids program will take place Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. Dr. Lisa Rainsong of the Cleveland Institute of Music will introduce participants to these insects, and they will walk the property to find them.
Register for these programs at www.myMNC.org.
Recitals slated Aug. 7
Two recitals are planned at the Aurora School of Music on Aug. 7.
At 3 p.m., senior voice student Megan Ryser will perform works by Durante, Gluck, Schubert and others.
At 5 p.m., senior voice student Katie Kronz will perform works by Sondheim, Gershwin, Schonberg and others.
Both singers will be accompanied by Vera Holczer on piano. Both recitals are free and open to the public.
Planning unit to meet
The city's planning commission will meet tonight (Aug. 3) at 6:30 in Town Hall to tackle a handful of agenda items.
On tap for discussion are a site plan for athletic fields on Townline Road, a revised preliminary site plan for a commercial center on Route 306, wetlands setback for the center, the final plat of Phase 5 of Hawthorn of Aurora and a site plan for a Tire Max business on West Maple Lane.
No tent permit means
circus was cancelled
The two scheduled performances of the Kelly Miller Circus, scheduled for July 24 in Aurora, were cancelled.
A spokesman for W.K. Ricksecker Masonic Lodge, the sponsor of the local performances, reported the circus was cancelled because of complications in securing a tent permit.
"The lodge apologizes for the cancellation of the July 24 shows," the spokesman said.
The final nearby performance of the circus for this year is Aug. 6 at 2 and 5 p.m. in Sheffield Lake. Other remaining Ohio locations are in Dover, Massillion, New London, Bellevue, Willard, Toledo and Syvania.
For a schedule, visit www.kellymillercircus.com/events/
For ticket refund information, visit www.aurorafreemason.com