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February 26th, 2018

K-Town in A-Town?

   The Havana District is home to over 85 restaurants, including some incredible, authentic Korean fare.  Aurora City Council Member Dave Gruber, Korean Community Leader Peter Lee, On Havana Street Executive Director Gayle Jetchick, Aurora City Staff and others in the community will be meeting on February 27 to explore the possibilities of creating a
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February 14th, 2018


Congratulations to the winners of the Valentine’s Day Pamper Yourself Gift Baskets: Michael Madden won the basket at Chutney Restaurant Dylan won the basket at Heirlooms Antiques Mall Alvaro Gutierrez won the basket at Gibby’s Audrey Jenkins-Thorne won a basket from Sally Beauty Eleni Hailemiuhall won the 2nd basket from Sally Beauty Laura Wylie won
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February 12th, 2018

Loyal Customer Give Whisper’s A Helping Hand

About a dozen loyal customers and friends showed on up on February 11 at the new Whisper’s Bar location at 1555 S Havana in the Buckingham Village Shopping Center with paint cans and brushes to lend a helping hand.  Dustin Forehand got choked up telling us how the group pitched in to paint the awesome
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February 3rd, 2018

Save The Date – Grocery Cart Race 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 is the date for the 2018 Grocery Cart Races at Safeway to benefit the Comitis Crisis Center. Aurora’s only homeless shelter.  We are in the process of updating the forms and will have them posted at as soon as we can.   In the meantime, start planning your team, team name, cart decoration
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January 31st, 2018

Kaiser buys Waterpark II and III for $25 million

Kaiser Permanente already owned Waterpark I and recently purchased the other two buildings in the complex.  Sixty percent of the occupancy of these buildings comes from Kaiser.  Kaiser decided to purchase the buildings that they had been renting from Matrix Group because by owning the buildings they will no longer be subject to the steadily increasing
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December 28th, 2017

Homeless Outreach Making Good Progress

We have come upon more people experiencing homelessness in the Havana District lately.  Many people have come to Colorado for one reason or another and have found themselves homeless, out of funds, and really wanting to just go home.  Aurora has recently taken some major steps in attempting to help people experiencing homelessness. Aurora’s Flexible
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December 28th, 2017

Affordable Housing: Village at Westerly Creek Phase 3

Construction is moving right along at the new affordable housing development, Village at Westerly Creek, on S. Ironton St between Exposition Ave and Kentucky Ave.  Building foundations are in the ground and the walls are going up. Read the Denver Post article.   

December 27th, 2017

Urgent Request for Food for Cold Weather Activation Plan at Aurora Warms the Night

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) provides  motel vouchers for people experiencing homelessness during cold weather.  AWTN is currently housing 200+ people  in three area motels since Wednesday, December 19, as part of their cold weather activation plan. The cold weather is not going to let up soon and these people need food.  AWTN is afraid they will run
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December 26th, 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch

Drop off your Christmas tree anytime from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 9, 2018 for recycling at the following locations: Del Mar Park, East Sixth Avenue and Peoria Street (west parking lot) Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road) Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road Read more details!

November 7th, 2017

Fan Fare / Argenta Update

There is still no site plan for anyone to review, but a “Fan Fare Redevelopment Project Update” was given at the September 26, 2017, Housing, Redevelopment and Neighborhood Services Policy Committee Meeting by Tony Chacon from the Aurora Urban Renewal Staff. This policy committee meeting was open to the public to attend and listen only (no
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November 4th, 2017

How to Contact the Homeless Street Outreach Team

Two cartloads of a homeless person’s belongings were the first things people driving northbound on Havana saw after crossing the Denver/Aurora Border at Dartmouth on Friday, October 20, sitting in front of the “Aurora–An All American City” sign. The Havana BID staff is out daily watching for people on the street who might need a little assistance
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November 2nd, 2017

Don’t Get Burned–New Ways to Detect Counterfeit Bills

The Holidays are upon us again and it is time to get educated about counterfeit bills so you don’t get burned and end up with fake, worthless bills.  Did you know that there is an estimated $147 million in fake bills circulating in the country today?  The Federal Government has made some changes to bills
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November 1st, 2017

English Teacup News

English Teacup has found a new location at 2271 S Peoria (NW corner of Iliff and Peoria), an end unit next door to a frozen yogurt shop.  The English Teacup’s lease was not renewed at the 1930 S Havana location, requiring them to relocate.  With the retail vacancy rate in the Havana District currently only 2.5%,
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October 31st, 2017

Retail Vacancy Rate – October 2017

In preparation for our annual stakeholders’ meeting, we do a retail vacancy report every October.  This year, retail vacancy is sitting at an all time low at 2.5%.  The Kimco Village on the Park property was not included in the report again this year since it is pending demolition and the spaces are not being
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October 13th, 2017

OCT 15: Grand Opening of “The Eddy”

COLORADO RAPIDS YOUTH SOCCER PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF THEIR NEW INDOOR SOCCER FACILITY “THE EDDY” AT 1ST AND HAVANA THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 Join us as we officially open The Eddy this Sunday, October 15th! Festivities will begin at 1pm and will continue through 4pm. Have your kids bring their cleats and
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October 9th, 2017

We Welcome “The Eddy!”

Guest Article from Finn Ruehrdanz, Manager of the Colorado Rapids Indoor Facility.   (Pictured:  The black rubber cushioning beads are being worked into the turf at the new indoor facility.) Rapids Youth Soccer is excited to offer brand new indoor leagues and training programs for soccer players of all ages starting in mid-November. Whether you crave
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September 3rd, 2017

Fairways at Lowry Sold!

The Fairways at Lowry apartment complex located at 9913 E 1st Avenue, just north of the Commonground Golf Course sold recently for $47.5 million. This complex features updated apartments, a major pool renovation, expanded fitness center, and a newly renovated clubhouse.  Fairways is close to the Fan Fare redevelopment site in Havana North.  In August
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September 1st, 2017

Are You Ready For Some “Futsal?”

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Facility is scheduled to open in late September at 1st & Havana.  What is “Futsal?”  Here is the explanation according to the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer website: Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided soccer game that is widely played across the world. The nature of the game places a
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August 31st, 2017

September Life on Havana Street E-Newsletter

Read about all of the events and happenings On Havana Street in the September Newsletter. Sept 2017 E Newsletter

August 15th, 2017

International Business Luncheon

It’s International Week here in Aurora!  The International Business Community came together at lunch to discuss economic and trade opportunities between El Salvador and Aurora.  As you know, the El Salvador Consulate opened 3 months ago in the 1450 S Havana Office Tower.  Congressman Mike Coffman spoke to the group.  Pictured below are (in red)
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August 14th, 2017

Affordable Housing Construction Underway!

The buildings are beginning to come out of the ground at the new affordable housing development, Village at Westerly Creek. Village at Westerly Creek is located just north of Kentucky Ave along Ironton St. Phase III calls for eight residential buildings and one maintenance building. The site is 5.4 acres. New townhomes and stacked flats
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July 26th, 2017

Community Works Together to Restore Subaru for Family

9News Coverage of the Tyler Family Subaru Story: It was quite the remarkable transformation of the Tyler Family’s Subaru!   We did not get a picture of the trashed out vehicle in the impound lot last Friday, but, honestly, it was hard to tell that it is the same vehicle.  The new wheels and tires from
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July 25th, 2017

Mixed-Use Zoning Approved by Aurora City Council for “Argenta” on the Fan Fare Site

On Monday, July 24, Aurora City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of the Fan Fare site to mixed use and approved a key component of the financing package, the 3rd & Havana Metro District, for the new mixed-use development on that site to be called “Argenta.”  Argenta will likely include for-sale townhomes, market-rate apartments, retail,
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July 25th, 2017

Community Comes Together to Help Family

Thank you Aurora Police, Shortline Subaru, The Used Tire Store, M&M Towing and Western Centers for helping The Tyler Family out in their time of need.  The Tyler Family was staying at Springhill Suites on Colfax while their 11 year old daughter was receiving chemotherapy for leukemia when their car was stolen from the parking lot at
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July 21st, 2017

Havana BID Board Member Darryl Ryan Retires

Darryl Ryan, the GM of Havana Auto Parts, retired on July 21 after 25 years with the company.  Darryl served as a Director of the Havana Business Improvement District since 2011.  Darryl’s assistance with major events was a huge asset to the Havana District.  Darryl assisted with Cruzin’ Havana, the Citywide Dumpster Day at Havana
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July 20th, 2017

Help for the Homeless in the Havana District

On Monday, July 18, Aurora’s new Homeless Day Resource Center (DRC) opened in the former gym on the Anschutz Campus.  The DRC is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a variety of services for people in need.  Here is the link to the article in Westword about the DRC. 
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July 19th, 2017

July 20 Havana BID Board Meeting Cancelled

We have cancelled the July 20 board meeting since several of our board members took vacation at the same time, so we will not have a quorum to conduct business.  Our next BID board meeting is August 17, 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s at Havana & Florida.  This meeting is open to the public.    

July 14th, 2017

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Facility to open at 111 Havana in August 2017

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club has leased 41,000 sf of the building at 1st and Havana, just north of CommonGround Golf Course and just down the street from the Lowry Sports Park.  They are transforming the building into an indoor soccer facility to include 4 indoor fields, a weight training and injury prevention/recovery program,
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June 28th, 2017

Tunisia Concert Pictures

Another wonderful and “hot” event On Havana Street.  The Tunisia Band Concert on Tuesday, May 27, 2017 at The Gardens on Havana was incredible!  The huge crowd feasted on sub sandwiches from 6 different On Havana Street restaurants and then enjoyed hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, Motown greats, and more current pop artists.  A
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May 16th, 2017

Infiniti of Denver Marketing Director, Amy Meyer Smith, Giving Back to the Community

Urban Peak to Honor Amy Meyer Smith as 2017 Urban Legend Meyer Smith recognized for her contributions to homeless youth Denver, Colorado, May 15, 2017 – Urban Peak’s “Urban Nights Denver” will celebrate its fifth year at Mile High Station on August 5th, and once again present Denver’s largest, outdoor urban fashion show under the
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May 8th, 2017

Havana Street “Deadheaders” Gather at Annual Rose Garden Clean-Up

The Havana Street “Deadheaders” gathered in the rose garden last Saturday for the annual community rose garden clean up. Some of the roses are blooming already and the garden is looking good, despite the recent snows. Thank you Gloria Shea, Patricia Aseraf, Maria Baker John & Gayle Jetchick, Brenda Susmento, Vince Chowdhury, Karen Parks McClinon,
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May 3rd, 2017

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Fields Coming to Havana North

It’s official, the lease has been signed, and construction started the week of April 25, 2017, according to the property manager of 111 N Havana, Chuck Plevniak.  The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer organizaton has leased 40,000 SF in the west side of the building at 111 N Havana (NW corner of 1st & Havana north of
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May 1st, 2017

Fan Fare Update from Aurora Urban Renewal Authority

Andrea Amonick from the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority has shared an April 2017 update on the Fan Fare redevelopment process: “After conducting a second public process to identify potential developers for the Fan Fare site, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) entered into a Pre-Development Agreement with Dillon Place Development Group in late January to allow
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May 1st, 2017

Correction about Curbside Document Shredding

News to us!  Curbside called to inform us that Aurora did not renew the contract for free document shredding in June and October.  But Curbside does do free “drop off” document shredding for Seniors Over 65, First Responders, and Military Personnel year round on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their facility
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April 28th, 2017

El Salvador Consulate Opens in Havana Tower

Devon Horan, property manager for Havana Tower and Havana BID board member, called the morning of April 27, with great excitement, to report that the lease has been signed and move in takes place on April 28.  The El Salvador consulate will occupy the first floor at Havana Tower, 1450 S Havana Street. Devon and his staffers were busy
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March 31st, 2017

Whisper’s Bar to Relocate to Buckingham Village Shopping Center

Whisper’s owner, Terri Forehand, hopes to have the restaurant / bar open in its new location at 1555 S. Havana (directly west of Denny’s) the first part of November. The sign should be going up on the building any day now, and the new kitchen equipment still needs to be installed, but won’t take very
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March 29th, 2017

Former Blockbuster Site Rumors

The Havana District is known as the Banking District of Aurora, CO.  There are currently 10 banks on the Street, and rumor has it that a bank #11 may be moving into the former Blockbuster location in Market Square at Mississippi & Havana. The Blockbuster store on Havana closed 2-3 years ago after Blockbuster made the
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March 26th, 2017

Jazzercise On Havana Special Offer

March 24th, 2017

Fan Fare/Havana North Progress

The developer chosen by the Fan Fare redevelopment steering committee, The D/K Team, has been working with the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority on doing their due diligence and getting the pieces in place before any agreements for a project can be signed.  You probably saw traffic counter cables strung across four locations on Havana Street adjacent to the Fan
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March 1st, 2017

Coming This Spring–Village at Westerly Creek Phase III

The Aurora Housing Authority will break ground this spring on the third and final phase of their Village at Westerly Creek affordable housing development located on the NE corner of South Ironton and Kentucky Ave (behind Havana Machine and Tynan’s).   This final phase will include 74 affordable rental units: 50 family units consisting of 24 two-bedroom units, 22 three-bedroom units and
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February 7th, 2017

Fan Fare / Havana North Update

Ward III Council Member Marsh Berzins and Havana BID Executive Director Gayle Jetchick met with Aurora Urban Renewal staff on January 27 to get an update on Fan Fare/Havana North.  AURA staff reported that the developer chosen by the steering committee last summer, Dillon Place/Kiewit, has been in for a preapplication meeting with the city’s
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February 6th, 2017

Working Together for a Safe Community

Thank you High Hollows Condos Board and Aurora Police!  Last summer we experienced an uptick in crime in the area around Havana/Ironton and Exposition.  We called a Business Watch meeting at the Expo Park Recreation Center on Exposition and invited neighbors, business owners, city staff and Aurora Police to that meeting to attempt to figure
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February 5th, 2017

Sally Beauty Coming to the Gardens On Havana

Sally Beauty will be coming to The Gardens on Havana in 2017.  Sally Beauty has stores in 13 countries and employs over 27,000 people. Sally Beauty offers more than 10,000 hair, skin and nail products.  Once Sally Beauty opens, we will have two of the largest beauty products retailers in the world located at The
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February 2nd, 2017

Village at Westerly Creek Phase III Plans Approved

On January 25, 2017,the Aurora Planning Commission approved the site plan for Phase III of Village at Westerly Creek.  This is the Aurora Housing Authority project to replace the former Buckingham Gardens at Ironton and Kentucky, to the east of Havana Machine.  Phases I and II have been completed and currently house low income seniors
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January 31st, 2017

Homeless Resource Center Update

At a city council policy committee on January 24 we heard an update about the Homeless Day Resource Center located in the former Aurora Police gym on the Anschutz campus.  In past years, the gym had been heated with steam heat from the steam plant at Fitz, which is no longer possible.  Xcel Energy was able to convert
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December 30th, 2016

Street Outreach Van – Contact Details

Business owners and community members now have another option to get help for the homeless.  If you see a person who is homeless and needs assistance call Access Aurora, 303.739.7000 or Comitis Crisis Shelter, 303.341.9160. The new Homeless Street Outreach Team (HOT Team) consists of two counselors and a Transit Van approved by Aurora City
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December 30th, 2016

We Won the 2016 Greenie Sustainability Award!

Entercom Communications just announced the two winners of the 2016 Greenie Awards from their [1THING] Sustainability Initiative–We Won!  Our April 2016 Earth Day Electronic Recycling event called “SOUND” and the Prom Rack Initiative event in Austin, Texas, were the Greenie Awards winners for 2016! Each year at the national level, Entercom encourages their local markets
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December 27th, 2016

A Reminder — Snow Removal from City Sidewalks

We are sharing this article again this month because after our first 6-8 inch snow storm in December there were 31 commercial properties that did not remove snow from their walks along Havana even 48 hours after the snow stopped falling.  Most were contacted by Havana BID’s Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, with a reminder. The excuses heard
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December 12th, 2016

Street Outreach Ready To Roll!

STREET OUTREACH:   HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (HOT) Help for the homeless in our community is just a call away! If you see a person who is homeless and needs assistance call Access Aurora at 303-739-7000 or Comitis Crisis Center 303-341-9160 Thank you Aurora City Council for allocating city marijuana sales tax revenues to pay for this homeless
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December 7th, 2016

5th Year for Beautiful City Lights in Aurora

  On December 6, 2016 , Mayor Steve Hogan flipped the switch to “light the lights” at the City of Aurora’s annual Holiday Celebration.  This is the 5th year for this event.  Five years ago, Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, was on a small committee made up of city staff and residents who envisioned a special event
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