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updated: 4/8/2013 11:20 AM

Community gardens, road work set for approval in Aurora

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The Aurora City Council is set to approve measures that will create three new community gardens and a garden network, and authorize the purchase of temporary easements for road work on East New York Street during a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 44 E. Downer Place.

Both topics received preliminary approval last week and should get the final nod Tuesday.

Creating new community gardens on city-owned lots at 169 and 171 S. LaSalle St. and 701 Claim St. would come as part of a plan to start a garden network. The network will connect volunteer growers of community gardens across the city with resources to help their crops thrive from organizations such as the Aurora Farmers Market.

Reconstruction of a milelong portion of East New York Street between Asbury Drive and Welsh Avenue is scheduled to begin this fall, requiring the city to buy temporary construction easements from nearby property owners for a total of about $406,000.

Reconstructing the stretch of road, which lies mainly in DuPage County, is expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million.

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