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AURORA, CO-The city has officially opened the $85 million Aurora City Place commercial redevelopment of the I-225 corridor.Designed as a New Urbanism project, it is pedestrian friendly with benches and plazas. The 550,000-sf retail complexbrings more than 30 stores and nine restaurants to the city.

The project’s completion is part of a $380 million investment that has been made in Aurora City Center, a 772-acre site located just east of I-225 generally along Alameda Avenue that includes the Aurora Municipal Center, the Arapahoe County Service Center and the expansion of the ADT Security Systems office campus. Still slated for completion within thearea are the $100 million redevelopment of Aurora Mall and $78 million in new housing.

“Aurora City Place features a new main street concept that has taken enormous creativity and effort,” says Skip Miller, president of Miller Weingarten Realty, the developer. “This project could never have been completed without the resourcefulness and hard work of the city of Aurora and the entire development team.”

The future of city’s retail has been more than 20 years in the making. As far back as the mid-1980s, city leaders planned a mixed-use, high-density development that incorporated civic and commercial activity. But it wasn’t until the opening of the $20 million, voter-approved Alameda interchange at I-225 in 2000 that accelerated Aurora City Place development and spurred other projects in the area.

“This is an unprecedented time in Aurora’s history,” Mayor Paul Tauer says. “What was merely a dream two decades ago–a dream of a commercial and civic City Center–is finally becoming a reality.”

More than 290,000 people and 10,400 businesses choose to call the cityhome, making it the third most populous city in Colorado and the 62nd largest in the country. Miller Weingarten Realty, a joint venture between Arapahoe County-basedMiller Development and Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors.

Miller Weingarten Realty, a joint venture between Englewood, CO-based Miller Development and Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors, acquires and develops properties with the goal of long-term investment.

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