While work on Library Square continues, a new temporary downtown area will serve as a meeting point in historic Aurora downtown.
Work is scheduled to begin on Machell’s Alley, a remodeling of vacant land north of the Clocktower / Post Office building on Yonge Street.
As The Auroran reported last month, the space donated by Yonge Developments Inc. was run by the Aurora Downtown BIA and will serve as a place for residents to gather before and after visiting local businesses while maintaining social distancing to practice.
“The revitalization of Machell’s Alley is a great example of working together to support local businesses,” Mayor Tom Mrakas said in a statement. “By working together, we can further increase awareness of Downtown Aurora and at the same time offer a lively and inviting space for residents and visitors.”
Once the site redesign work is complete, residents will be able to enjoy not only local food but also entertainment al fresco. The new name was chosen as a tribute to the early pioneers in Machell’s Corners, the community that arose around Yonge and Wellington that eventually came to be known as Aurora.
“The 15217 Yonge Street location has a fascinating history and was the site of a forge in the 1870s,” the city said. “This early store was demolished and a new building was erected in 1908 to house the Philip De La Hayes Forge, John Morning’s Garage, Wilsons Hardware, North York Heating, Plumbing & Electrical, and finally a used furniture store before being demolished in 1991 .
“Machell’s Alley is a nod to all of the early pioneering entrepreneurs in the area and a symbol of support for current business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.”