New Aurora senior living center called ‘a gem’

As far as rising from the ashes goes, the new Aurora St. Charles Senior Living center is a prime example. The building, built in 1932 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2010, was all but left for dead a little more than a year ago. That’s when Evergreen Real Estate Group, of Chicago, and the city of Aurora spearheaded a complicated public and private partnership to rehab the building into a senior apartment complex. The building now glistens at 400 E. New York St., even more so inside, where bright new interiors highlight the light that comes in from the high windows, a feature of the Art Deco period architecture of the building. It is a reclamation project for a building that also is a reclamation project for the neighborhood and the city. Ald. Juany Garza, 2nd, whose ward covers the area, said neighbors were “very sad” in 2010, when the building, then known as Fox Pavilion apartments, closed. She said David Block, who spearheaded the project for Evergreen, came to their neighborhood meetings to explain what the company had planned for the property.