As a teenager, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin worked as Sbarro Pizzeria at Fox Valley Mall and spent many hours on weekends there hanging out with friends. This is why his most recent announcement is a full-circle moment for him.
During the mayor’s media briefing on Feb. 5, he announced his third State of the City Address would be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Fox Valley Mall.
The theme is “3Rs: Renewal, Redevelopment and Revitalization.”
“This will be the first time we have ever had a State of the City Address in a venue such as this,” Irvin said. “The Fox Valley Mall’s commitment to our community is longstanding and is clearly evident in its most recent plans which exemplify our theme this year.”
The 2020 State of the City Address will be given at the mall’s newly renovated Center Park, a 13,000-square-foot, $7 million project, which is the first phase of internal and external redevelopment and revitalization plans at the mall.
“We are deeply honored to host the mayor’s State of the City address at Fox Valley Mall this year,” said Senior General Manager Scott Samson. “The Center Park site is a literal example of renewal, redevelopment and revitalization for the mall and surrounding area.”
Since Irvin took office, the annual State of the City Address has been held in the evening so that it is more accessible to the community. His first address in 2018 was held at the Paramount Theatre, and the second address was hosted last year at Aurora University.
The event is hosted in collaboration with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Free public tickets to the seating area are available via the city’s website. The address will also be streamed online.
“Remember the mall will be open, and we encourage everyone to come on out and watch from the surrounding areas, as well,” Irvin said. “While you’re there, take time to visit the more than 100 retail stores and eateries before and after the event. “
The mayor noted he will be visiting Sbarro for a slice of pizza.
SOURCE: city of Aurora news release