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Waubonsee Reaches Agreement to Sell Former Downtown Aurora Campus Buildings

For more than two decades, Waubonsee Community College educated thousands of Aurorans at its downtown campus on Stolp Island. In June 2011, Waubonsee moved its downtown Aurora operations to a new 132,000-square-foot state-of-the-art campus across the Fox River at 18 S. River St. Thanks to a purchase agreement in the amount of $1.5 million with developer Gorman & Company, downtown Aurora will continue its renaissance with the introduction of a mixed-use residential/retail development at the historic former campus.

At their May meeting, Waubonsee’s board of trustees approved the purchase agreement for the two buildings that comprised the former campus. Gorman & Company, a leader in downtown revitalization projects, plans to redevelop the former campus into apartments and retail. The closing is expected in January 2014.

Waubonsee opened its former Aurora Campus on Stolp Island in August 1986 and expanded the campus a year later. The college initially invested more than $6.4 million to turn the historic buildings into 88,000 square feet of educational spaces that included 41 classrooms and labs, as well as a bookstore and library. Waubonsee’s new downtown Aurora Campus features comprehensive student services and 52 classrooms, labs and other specialized instructional spaces that allow students to earn complete associate degrees and certificates in downtown Aurora.