Family entertainment center with bowling, go-karts proposed for Aurora, Illinois

Rec facility featuring bowling, virtual reality area may be built in Aurora

trampolines, dodgeball, basketball, a bowling alley, inflatables, a three-dimensional shooting area, virtual reality area
A developer plans a 34,000-square-foot recreation center in the former Hobby Lobby building in West Aurora Plaza shopping center on the far West Side of Aurora. (Steve Lord / The Beacon-News)

Aurora officials are excited about a proposed 34,000-square-foot recreation center planned for the vacant former Hobby Lobby building at West Aurora Plaza shopping center that could include a bowling alley and virtual reality area.

Aldermen are set to vote on a special use for the property at 1971 W. Galena Blvd. that would allow the recreational use in the otherwise retail business area. They could vote on it at the April 24 full City Council meeting.

The center would include trampolines, dodgeball, basketball, a bowling alley, inflatables, a three-dimensional shooting area and a virtual reality area, among other things. In a second phase of the project, the developer plans to build a go-cart track.

“It is pretty neat,” said Ald. Carl Franco, 5th Ward. “It will be a regional destination.”

Franco has been involved with city economic development officials in looking for new uses for some of the empty buildings at West Plaza, and this would fill a big void, he said.

Officials are continuing to seek a user for the former Walmart store at West Plaza. The shopping center is in Franco’s 5th Ward.

Mandeep Sidho, who is developing the property for Mega Park LLC, said the facility would be similar to a trampoline park he runs in Crystal Lake, but it “encompasses a whole lot extra.”

He is said he is having some of the elements of the center built and brought to Aurora from China, Norway, Korea and Russia.

“We want to have a park like nobody in the state has,” Sidho said.

He also wants to have a basic restaurant in the facility and plans to apply to the city for a beer and wine liquor license for it.

He also is planning a third phase of the project in the event the Big Lots store next door decides to leave the plaza. Sidho would like to put an Indoor skydiving facility in that space.

Source: The Beacon News

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