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Aurora Sportsmen’s Club moves west
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Aurora Sportsmen’s Club held its last shooting event at its Sugar Grove location on June 30, and has since moved its operations west to Waterman.
The club opened for business at its new location on July 4. Having been located in Sugar Grove for more than 60 years, the club began making plans to move farther west a number of years ago.
The new location, which will utilize 520 acres, includes six rifle and pistol ranges, an archery area and will soon open sporting clay fields.
The club currently has more than 1,300 members and is actively looking to add more to its membership.
The village of Sugar Grove annexed the property in 2003, giving the club a 15-year window within which to move out of Sugar Grove. The agreement also spelled out that the property was to remain zoned agricultural, with the operation of the shooting range an arrangement valid only between the current owners of the club and the village.
The club’s move leaves its Sugar Grove property vacant, for now.
According to William Charles, Ltd. associate counsel Erik Lindberg, William Charles, Ltd. has acquired the deed to the property, in lieu of foreclosure.
Lindberg said his firm has no plans to utilize the property, and is attempting to sell the 37 acres.