Weston Bridges opening

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin poses with residents during a Tuesday ribbon cutting event at Weston Bridges, Chicagoland’s first independent apartment community for individuals with intellectual, cognitive or developmental disabilities. John Starks | Staff Photographer

Aurora officials celebrated a milestone in the renovation of old Copley Hospital on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting at Weston Bridges — apartments for people with intellectual, cognitive and developmental concerns who want to live on their own.

“This has just been wonderful,” said Mark LaRosa of Aurora, whose son, Parrish, now lives there. “We wanted him to be independent. That is what this building behind us is. It’s impossible to thank them (the developers) enough.”

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