The Salvation Army's Western Territorial office in California inJuly will announce which cities will get the funding for the Rayand Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, says Joe Kremer, a long-timevolunteer for the local Salvation Army operation, who was involvedin putting together the bid for Aurora. The development site is 15acres at 111 Havana St.

Joan Kroc was a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army whenshe was alive and came up with the idea for recreation centers tohelp under-served areas while living in San Diego. Kremer says thesite in Aurora has the type of demographics that the Salvation Armyis targeting. He says that the Salvation Army likely will fund atleast six of the finalists so the odds are pretty good that Aurorawill make the final cut although the amount of money is still to bedetermined.

Some 2,000 questionnaires were recently sent out to Auroracitizens to see what kind of features should be included. Thecenter would be designed by Denver-based Barker Rinker SeacatArchitecture, which has done many of the suburban rec centers inthe Denver area and across the country. The firm so impressed theSalvation Army that is using it to consult on several projectsoutside of Colorado, according to Kremer.

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