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March 14th, 2019

Doing your part in snow removal

City of Aurora’s Newsletter March 2019 Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility, and each of us has a part. Please remember that is the property owner’s responsibility to keep sidewalks adjacent to their property free of snow and ice; that includes those behind the house/business and side fences. As a reminder, snow and ice
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March 4th, 2019

Havana BID Businesses Support Comitis’ Rock It Sock It Fundraiser this Winter Season

Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and people who donated items for this Rock It, Sock It event! Special thanks to Falck Rocky Mountain – Aurora, Colorado for assisting the Aurora Police Department with making the deliveries. We also couldn’t have done this without help from the District 1 PAR and APD Volunteers. You are
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February 26th, 2019

Newest Buisness to On Havana Street — COMING SOON! MY FAVORITE MUFFIN®, Aurora, CO

Visit the My Favorite Muffin Business Directory Listing here   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emily Bachmann (847) 948-7520 My Favorite Muffin® COMING SOON! MY FAVORITE MUFFIN®, Aurora, CO DEERFIELD, Ill., February 25th, 2019 – Start spreading the news! My Favorite Muffin, Your All Day Bakery Café®, is coming to Aurora, CO. This location will be
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January 31st, 2019

Taqueria Corona – On Havana Street Made the TOP 10 OF DENVER’S BEST TAQUERIAS

Enjoying Tacos at Ten of Denver’s Best Taquerias Westword BY DANIELLE LIRETTE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019 AT 5:54 A.M. Our On Havana Street Taqueria Corona made the top 10 Denver’s Best Taquerias. Taqueria Corona is located at 2222 South Havana Street in Aurora. The tortilla is the cornerstone of Mexican cuisine, and what better way to
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January 28th, 2019

Gibby’s Big Backyard Made the Top 10 List for The Best Neighborhood Watering Holes for Bar Games

The Ten Best Neighborhood Watering Holes for Bar Games SARAH MCGILL | JANUARY 24, 2019 | 1:59PM  Westword It’s cold outside, football season is nearing an end, and with the lack of wintertime outdoor activities that involve drinking, if you are competitive like me, you might find yourself indoors and in need of some entertainment in the form of
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January 28th, 2019

Donuts You Need to Try – Visit Aurora’s blog featured our Lamar’s Donuts and Coffee – On Havana Street

Donuts You Need to Try Visit Aurora’s Food and Drink blog from January 16, 2019 Here’s your chance to eat more “hole” foods in 2019! From local shops with American classics to flavors you’ve never heard of, discover these donut shops in Aurora … Check out Visit Aurora’s Food and Drink blog and discover must
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January 24th, 2019

Welcome America’s Best Contacts & Glasses at Village on the Park!

There will be a GRAND OPENING for America’s Best Contacts & Glasses on Friday, January 25th, 2019 from 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 9 am to 6 pm. This is the first new retail lease at the Village on Park development, Phase II. This new addition is just one
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January 18th, 2019

FirstBank Provides Assistance to Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

January 16, 2019  Smart Cents by First Bank blog We are so proud of our stakeholders! Well Done FirstBank! According to recent headlines, over 800,000 federal workers aren’t receiving paychecks due to the government shutdown. As a company that lives and breathes “banking for good,” we recognize that we need to do right by our customers and
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January 18th, 2019

2019-2020 Call for Art for the On Havana Street Public Art Program Art 2C

2019 Art2C on Havana 14949 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012 BACK TO PARTICIPATING CALLS CONTACT EVENT Event Dates: 1/21/19 – 3/17/19 Entry Deadline: 3/17/19 REQUIREMENTS: Media Images – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10 Total Media – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10 Art 2C on Havana 2019-2020 The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) and the On Havana Business Improvement
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January 3rd, 2019

City of Aurora’s YUM Aurora Guide celebrates many GOOD EATS On Havana Street

City of Aurora’s January Newsletter featured their YUM Aurora Guide celebrating many GOOD EATS On Havana Street. We have 95+ Restaurants On Havana Street and this YUM Aurora Guide features one or more of our restaurants in most of the cuisines categories. Kick off the New Year and explore, experience and eat at an On
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December 28th, 2018

On Havana Street Water Project Updates

Here is an update from the City of Aurora’s AURORA WATER CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018 Here are 3 Projects on-going in the Havana Business Improvement District corridor: 2018‐2019 Waterline System Improvement Project With the help of the Operations Team, Engineering Services has identified a priority site on Havana Street, between East 1st and East 6th
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December 18th, 2018

Bye Bye 3.2 Beer

The end of 3.2 beer in Colorado: What to know about the law taking effect Jan. 1, 2019

December 18th, 2018

Denver Businesses and Nonprofits Succeed Together – Community Engagement — by Mike Hanbery December 10, 2018

Webolutions Mike Hanbery wrote an incredible article about the Havana Business Improvement District. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary this year. Over the decade of improvements and accomplishments “On Havana Street is proof a community can improve the lives of its residents and merchants while reinforcing, rather than compromising, its soul.” See the article by Webolutions
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December 7th, 2018

ADI Autosport’s NEW SIGN on The Havana Motor Mile

ADI Autosport located on our Havana Motor Mile at 1960 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80012 has put up a new sign in December.   They Share Your Passion…No Pressure, No Hassle, No Games!   They are a credit union direct dealer!   Let ADI Autosport show you how easy it is to buy a quality
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November 27th, 2018

On Havana Street Important Contact List & Resources

Please see the On Havana Street Business Watch Contact Card & Other Useful Resources: 2019 Business Watch Card All PAR , Police Area Representatives, are listed, contacts for HOT, Homeless Outreach Team, Graffiti Reporting, and the Aurora Police Dispatch to report a crime or suspicious persons. Posting a Job? Contact Arapahoe/Douglas Works! 303) 636-1359 [email protected]
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November 27th, 2018


A new express Living Water Car Wash is in progress near Kentucky and Havana. Here is an update from the City of Aurora’s site plan. Address: 857 S HAVANA ST City of Aurora Case Manager: Brandon Cammarata 303-739-7251 DA Number:  DA-2160-00 Description: SITE PLAN FOR A DRIVE THROUGH CAR WASH WITH NINE VACUUM STATIONS 0.83 ACRES Revised SITE DEVELOPMENT
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November 19th, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours On Havana Street

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours for some of our bigger retailers On Havana Street: Bicycle Village Thanksgiving – closed Black Friday – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. “Give the gift of cycling” All bikes are on SALE,  Plus there is an in-store coupon from 11/23-11/25, Friday to Sunday, $20 off a $100 purchase & $50
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November 14th, 2018

2019 Schedule of Events On Havana Street

Sunday, February 3, 2019:  Big Game Football Party Los Angeles vs New England – 4 pm – at Buffalo Wild Wings, Kick off at 4:30 pm  March 2019: Celebrate Mom & Pop Business Month – Small Business Spotlights, Snowl Event & Gift Card Giveaways May 1-8, 2019 — Restaurant Week – Eat On Havana Street
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November 12th, 2018

Keep sidewalks free of snow

As a reminder, homeowners and businesses are required by city code to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks along their property, including along the side and back, within 24 hours after a snowfall ends (or 48 hours when a snow emergency is declared). For areas where snowplows have added to the natural accumulation
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October 30th, 2018

Announcement of 2018 Winners of the Halloween Rose Garden Costume Contests

***** Announcement of WINNERS ***** The committee of merchants has selected the costume contest winners in the following categories: Most overall creative costume (kid or adult): $100 Visa Card prize – Greatest Showman Group – 8485 Best Adult Costume (Over 18): $100 Visa Card prize – Jurassic World Group 8472 Best Boys’ Costume (18 and
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October 26th, 2018

Thank you to our On Havana Street Volunteers who helped distribute a pallet of Halloween Candies

We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who helped distribute Halloween candies on October 25, 2018. We had 11 volunteers and distributed all the candies in 30 minutes. We appreciate your time and help distributing candies to 35 shops at The Gardens on Havana to prepare for the October 27, 2018 Trick or
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October 24th, 2018

Community Update Presentation of the Havana BID 2018

Please see the link with a PDF of the PowerPoint of the Havana BID community update: 2018 Update On Havana Street PowerPoint  

October 17th, 2018

2018 Art 2C On Havana Street

Join us for Art 2C On Havana Street On Havana Street and the city of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the Sixth Annual Art 2C on Havana sculpture exhibit and competition. Thirteen sculptures will be exhibited in the Havana Business Improvement District’s Havana Motor Mile, which is spread along Havana Street
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October 9th, 2018

Welcome Shortline Buick GMC to the Havana Motor Mile

    Recently, we had tossed out the idea that new things might be happening at The Shortline Auto Group, and now we have an announcement to make! The Shortline Auto Group has added the brands of Buick and GMC to its family. We have purchased the Buick GMC dealership on South Havana Street from
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October 3rd, 2018

CEDS Finance On Havana Street Hosting 1st Aurora Small Business Expo

  We have an exciting announcement to share with you all! CEDS Finance, in addition to our partners, will be hosting the first-ever Aurora Small Business Expo on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm. To register for this event please click the link below. The Aurora Small Business Expo is an Aurora-focused event
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October 3rd, 2018

Big Mike Naughton Ford Donates 250+ Pounds of Meat to Local Homeless Shelter 

Our On Havana Street businesses are incredibly generous and have the biggest hearts. Big Mike Naughton Ford donated 250+ pounds of beef from a Colorado ranch on the eastern plains to Comitis Crisis Center. On September 24, 2018, we picked up the hundreds of pounds of meat and delivered it all to Comitis Crisis Center. The
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October 3rd, 2018

Kimco to start redevelopment of Village on the Park center

Kimco to start redevelopment of Village on the Park center Colorado Real Estate Journal Situated at the gateway of the Havana Retail District, Village on the Park is located at the intersections of Parker Road, Havana Street and Iliff Avenue. Redevelopment is in the works for Village on the Park. Kimco Realty Corp. is undertaking an approximately
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October 3rd, 2018

Pick Up a Dumpster Day Coupon

  Do you need to dispose of bulky items that can’t be recycled or set out with the curbside trash? The city of Aurora wants to help you “Keep Aurora Clean” with a new coupon program to offset a portion of the cost of a trip to the Denver-Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) Landfill. Coupons are
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October 3rd, 2018

‘Tis the Season – Beware of Counterfeit Money & How to Spot Fake Bills

Counterfeit Money: How to Spot Fake Bills  Learn how to authenticate your money. Understand the main security features common across all U.S. banknotes to help quickly, easily, and discreetly determine if a note is genuine. WATCH VIDEO Here Other Tips – The Secret Service offers the below methods to detect counterfeit bills: Hold a bill up to a
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August 23rd, 2018

New Ownership at the Stampede & over $1M in Renovations are Underway

Jorge Eguierte and Katie Donahue from the EG Studio for Architecture presented the new plans for the Stampede to the Havana BID. Chris Swank’s new ownership is in the process of renovating for a concert hall to host about 2000 attendees. It will no longer be just a country bar but a live music destination and event center
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July 16th, 2018

Cyber CYA! (Cover Your Assets) SBDC Workshop with the City of Aurora

CYBER: CYA The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center, the City of Aurora’s IT Department and the Aurora Chamber present: WHAT: The Colorado SBDC TechSource and Cyber Security program features topics to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with their technology needs. WHEN: Tuesday, July 31 | 12:45-5:45 pm WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E.
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May 17th, 2018

Village on the Park Development + Dora’s Restaurant Update

Property Details Construction Trailer on Site Waiting for Xcel Energy to turn off utilities Expected demolition date EARLY MAY 2018 3 NEW RETAIL SPACES COMING SOON  

May 15th, 2018

Global Aurora On Havana Street Update

Koreatown Update The Global Aurora Website link is in process. The Koreatown/KTown initiative will be a virtual promotion only—no physical boundaries, no signage on the street. Each global community in Aurora can create their own website, marketing material and logo to which Visit Aurora, City of Aurora and Havana Business Improvement District can link to promote and
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May 7th, 2018

Fan Fare / Argenta Update

UPDATE as of May 3, 2018 The City of Aurora published the ARGENTA (FAN FARE) – MASTER PLAN, SITE PLAN City of Aurora Development Application Site – View Progress Please view the Master Plan Post from November 7, 2017 As of November 7, 2017, there is still no site plan for anyone to review, but a
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April 2nd, 2018

Welcome Chance Horiuchi!

The Havana BID Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in training position.  Chance will be training under current HBID executive director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part time or help with specific
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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

Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Winners

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 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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