(As published in the February 23rd edition of the Aurora Banner)

Aurora welcomes a new hotel to the community!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Family Day weekend and celebrated the importance of family and spending time together. As this year begins, I am excited to share with you some positive news for our community. As you have heard, the Town of Aurora has secured a joint venture with Superior Lodging Corp and Jayman MasterBUILT to bring a hotel to Aurora! 

The Aurora Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham location will be the brand’s sixth location in Ontario and the first Microtel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The hotel is intended to be a flagship location for the brand and feature its new urban construction design with features such as high-speed Internet, hot continental breakfast, upscale fitness centre, swimming pool, meeting room facilities and more.

The 100+ guest rooms and suites will feature a compact refrigerator, microwave and in-room coffee with select rooms featuring a full kitchen, separate bedroom and living room, ideal for extended stays.

This development would not be possible without the hard work and perseverance from the Town’s Economic Development Division and Aurora Town Council. Support was also provided from the Regional Chairman and Regional Council to decrease development charges as part of the 2017 Regional Development Charge By-law update. I am pleased to see this change which will improve the development of new hotels across York Region.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the Aurora Seniors’ Centre starting at 9:30 a.m. Wristbands will be on sale as of Wednesday, March 1. Wristbands for this event are $6 per child and must be purchased in advance at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, Aurora Town Hall or the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. Parents and guardians are free. Wristbands will not be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Are you a new resident to Aurora? Do you want to learn more about the Town’s programs and services? The 2017 Aurora Living Resident’s Guide is being distributed to homes in Aurora today through The Aurora Banner newspaper.

The 48-page guide is designed in an A to Z format, making it easy to find key Town information. Topics include by-law information, waste and recycling details, snow removal guidelines, a yearly Town special events listing and more.

Looking for parking options for the GO Station? The Gormley GO Station is now open and is approximately 10 minutes south of Aurora. The station is located on Stouffville Road between Hwy 404 and Leslie Street in Richmond Hill. There is train and bus service with 850 parking spaces. On weekdays, trains run every 30 minutes southbound to Toronto’s Union Station in the morning and northbound to Gormley in the afternoon. Trains make all station stops along the way.

Do you want a chance to provide your opinion on how Metrolinx interacts with your community? Metrolinx is developing a Community Charter to apply to every area of operation from planning and construction, to operation and customer service and everything in-between. When complete the Community Charter will give meaning and measurable form to commitment from Metrolinx to communities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. To provide your input about the Charter please visit  metrolinxengage.com

Stay connected with us for updates via the Town’s social media feeds, website, Notice Board or the Aurora Matters newsletter. For more information on Aurora, please visit aurora.ca