Aurora’s new grant program aims to curb crime along East Colfax

AURORA, Colo. — The City of Aurora is launching a new grant program that aims to help clean up an area with a reputation for crime.

The $3 million program has $500,000 earmarked for businesses along East Colfax Avenue between Yosemite Street and Peoria Avenue and between 14th and 16th avenues — an area more commonly known as East Colfax.

Eligible East Colfax businesses will receive a $10,000 grant to install new cameras, lights, alarms or other security features.

The money is being pulled from the American Rescue Plan Act aid the city received during the pandemic. The installation of additional safety features will be done by city-approved contractors.

Sara Erkes, owner of The Bong Shop, plans to apply.

“We were broken into for the first time about a month ago,” she said. “They took a crowbar to the door. We caught it on video, they were in and out in six minutes.”

In that short time, Erkes says the thief was able to get away with about $2,000-worth of merchandise.

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