Vote set on downtown Aurora music venue

The Old Town School of Folk Music meets the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame meets Austin City Limits.

That was how Steve Warrenfeltz, president of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, this week described what the organization has planned for the former Woolworth Building at 19-21 S. Broadway in the heart of downtown Aurora.

That’s because the proposed venue would include about a 250-seat stage area for live music, the ability to record in the space, a museum and even a retail area dedicated to current music, as well as to what Warrenfeltz called “the rich history of music, not only in Aurora, but in the Fox Valley.”

Warrenfeltz made his pitch to Aurora aldermen meeting as a Committee of the Whole. They agreed to send the proposal for a lease and a development agreement to the full City Council for a vote on Nov. 14.

Both Warrenfeltz and Ald. Robert O’Connor, at large, pointed out that it was ironic and fortuitous the proposal came before aldermen the same night as an update to the Aurora downtown master plan that calls for, among other things, a downtown targeting entertainment and cultural destinations.

“This is an excellent opportunity, a win-win for everybody,” O’Connor said.

The foundation was formed in 2014 out of the non-profit group that once ran the Blues on the Fox Festival in Aurora. When the Paramount took over administering that event, and moved it permanently to RiverEdge Park, the group found itself seeking a new direction and mission, Warrenfeltz told aldermen.

The organization wants to educate people…

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