The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) d.b.a. On Havana Street, is a special district in Colorado created in 2007 by business and neighborhood leaders and Aurora city staff working together to build a stronger, better community. We really are making a difference by focusing on unique, culturally diverse events and fun new things to do to make the lives of our residents and visitors more interesting, at the same time as adopting the goals of clean, safe and beautiful for our new business district.
In November 2007, the commercial property and business owners voted to tax themselves 4.5 mills in real property tax to fund the new business district. The margin of support was 80% yes to 20% no. The stakeholders are committed to promoting commerce and community On Havana Street. There are 209 real commercial properties and approximately 500 businesses. A 9-member board, made up of all sizes and types of businesses from different sections of Havana Street, oversees district programming. Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director, is the only staff member and is responsible for day-to-day activities On Havana Street.
Where is On Havana Street?
On Havana Street runs 4.3 miles along Havana from 6th Avenue on the north to Dartmouth Avenue on the south, swinging the corners at major intersections. It is situated at one corner of the “opportunity triangle” formed by three other major redevelopment projects in the area–Lowry, Stapleton and Fitzsimons/Anchutz Campus.
Who’s in Charge?
The Havana BID is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors, appointed by Aurora City Council:
Matt Rauzi, BID President, Colorado’s Pro Gym, 1939 S Havana St
Darryl Ryan, BID Treasurer, Havana Auto Parts, 910 S Havana St
Kyle Bell, BID Director, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2001 S Havana St
Shannon Jones, BID Director, President, First Bank of Aurora, 2300 S Havana St
Darryl Ryan, BID Director, Havana Auto Parts, 901 S Havana St
Tracy Williams, BID Director, Summit Steakhouse, 2700 S Havana St
Yulissa Williams, BID Director, KeyBank at The Gardens on Havana
Brenda Soper, BID Director, AmCap, property manager for The Gardens on Havana
Gayle Jetchick, BID Executive Director
One Board Opening
How are we financed?
In 2007, the real property owners in the BID voted to tax themselves 4.5 mills in real property tax to fund the Havana BID. Per our adopted 2015 operational plan, the revenue is applied to:
Economic Development & Marketing: Special Events to bring customers into the district, Business Support & Attraction, Consumer Marketing TV, radio and print ads for events and the Havana Motor Mile, Ratepayer Communication, the Branding Campaign/website and support of the Business Watch Program
District Identity: Gateway Sign repair and maintenance, Condominium Newsrack repair and maintenance, Art 2C On Havana public art program expenses, Banners & Decorations, Streetscape/landscape planning, improvement, design and/or engineering.
State required 3% reserves
Arapahoe County treasurers fee 1.5%
How do you get in touch with us?
On Havana Street
Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director
337 Oswego ST
Aurora CO 80010 Office 303-360-7505 Cell 303-514-0958 [email protected]
Upcoming Board Meetings:
The Board of Directors meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Denny’s Restaurant, 1505 S Havana (SW corner of Florida & Havana), unless otherwise noted below.
Here are the 2017 board meeting dates:
November 16 (this is our annual stakeholders’ meeting held at The Summit Steakhouse)
Note that the December 15, 2016 board meeting has been cancelled.