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Street Dedicated to Lifelong Aurora Resident and Developer Daniel D. Dolan

The City honored the legacy of Daniel D. Dolan, a lifelong Aurora resident who has helped zone and transform thousands of acres of land into the city that we know today, by dedicating a street in his name Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

The dedication of Daniel D. subdomains . Dolan Drive took place at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, at the corner of Watson Street and 7th Avenue, near Watson’s boyhood home, on Aurora’s East Side.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 Mayor Tom Weisner presented a proclamation before the Aurora City Council declaring this Saturday to be Daniel D. Dolan Day in Aurora.

“It is our privilege to honor him for all that he’s done for this community,” Weisner said. “Dan Dolan has helped to build this community not just through his work developing the land as we know it today, but through his innumerable contributions to the community of Aurora.  We owe Dan Dolan our admiration and thanks.”

An East High Tomcat and Naval veteran of the Korean War, Dolan returned to his hometown following his service to work for five years as an Aurora firefighter before going into real estate.

In 1965, Dolan and his long-time business partner James O. Murphy formed their commercial and investment real estate firm, and soon thereafter adopted the motto, “If it’s good for Dolan & Murphy, it’s good for Aurora.”

Over nearly 50 years, the Dolan & Murphy team has developed or assisted with the development of major projects including the I-88 and Farnsworth interchange, the Butterfield Development project at I-88 and Eola, and the Indian Trail extension.

In keeping with a vision of an economically strong Aurora, the family-run Dolan & Murphy has helped ensure development by working closely with the Aurora City Council and Plan Commission as well as other zoning and economic development boards to craft planning and zoning policies that keep Aurora moving forward.

Dolan has also remained committed to Aurora in civic endeavors, sponsoring the Dolan & Murphy Shamrock Fast Pitch softball team and taking an active role in Aurora Central Catholic’s high school building program. compare hotels He was named the grand marshal of Aurora’s 2004 Independence Day Parade.