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The Finance Committee of the Aurora City Council Tuesday recommended eight transactions involving downtown property that include private business, the city and its not-for-profit development arm, Invest Aurora.
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The soft-serve ice cream industry is apparently solid.
That’s how it is for at least one soft-serve distributor, Fox Valley Farms, 2619 Beverly Drive in Aurora.
The company is looking to about double the size of its about 25,000-square-foot facility in the Aurora Corporate Center on Beverly Drive, which is off Bilter Road just east of Farnsworth Avenue.
The center is on land created as part of a flood remediation program years ago that also created a protected wetlands right next door to the corporate center.
Dan Walker, co-owner of Fox Valley Farms, recently told aldermen on the Aurora City Council’s Planning and Development Committee that expansion is necessary because business is so good.
“We’re just out of room,” Walker said. “It’s time.”
He said expansion would be on an empty lot right to the north of the current building. In addition to the new facility, the company would add 28 parking spaces. Walker added that the company currently has 35 employees, and would reach 47 with the expansion.
“So you’re expanding because business is good — that’s good,” said Alderman Carl Franco, 5th Ward, a Planning and Development Committee member.
The committee voted 3-0 to recommend a revision to the final plan and send it along to the council’s Committee of the Whole, with a council vote on the issue scheduled for July 25.