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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!

After several delays, Phase III of the Village at Westerly Creek, S Ironton Street between Exposition and Kentucky, has broken ground!  Mud is the name of the game this week after all of the rain we have had. Truckloads of road base arrived this morning for the entrance drive so the construction vehicles can work
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July 26th, 2017

Community Works Together to Restore Subaru for Family

9News Coverage of the Tyler Family Subaru Story:  http://www.9news.com/life/heartwarming/community-rallies-after-car-is-stolen-from-family-with-sick-kid/459566523 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, called recently to let us know that she plans to reopen Whisper’s Bar in the space of the former Century Pho Asian Cafe in the Buckingham Village Shopping Center, 1555 So Havana, Units B&C.  Terri said she has to do a lot of tenant finish and move all of the equipment that
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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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December 2nd, 2016

Mom & Pop Business Owner Celebration

Where:  At local small businesses in the Havana District This is a special celebration of our hard-working local small business owners.  These small shops have grown and have been profitable for years and years.   Did you know that 77 million Americans are employed by small businesses?  They promote a sense of community. Remember, for every
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December 2nd, 2016

Unique Gifts for the Holidays at The English Teacup

Do you need a unique stocking stuffer or a special gift for the office gift exchange?  Check out the inventory at The English Teacup, 1930 S Havana, Unit 5.  They just received a big shipment from England including imported favorites like Cadbury chocolate, Thornton’s chocolate Santas and Reindeer, lovely Holiday-themed tins of chocolates and cookies,
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November 16th, 2016

Aurora Police Association Shop With a Cop

The Aurora Police Association is seeking cash donations for their annual Shop with a Cop program.  Some businesses in the Havana District are participating already, but the APA is still in need of cash donations. The event takes place on Dec 19 at a local WalMart where each child selected for the program will get to
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November 19th, 2015

Left Turn Arrow at Idaho Place & Havana

Left Turn Arrow at Idaho Place & Havana:  To go “live” on November 19, 2015! In 2014, Aurora City Council allocated funds to pay for a left turn arrow traffic signal on Havana at Idaho Place.  Idaho Place is the road between Wells Fargo Bank and Starbucks at The Gardens on Havana.  The left turn
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December 21st, 2014

Matt Rauzi elected President of the Havana BID Board

New Leadership Matt Rauzi, owner of Colorado’s Pro Gym, was elected President of the Havana Business Improvement District at the December 18 board meeting.  Matt has been on the board for several years and served as board treasurer.  Matt replaces Scott Goldammer as president.  Scott works for Miller Realty and was the property manager at
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December 4th, 2014

“Street Creds”

Havana Street Redevelopment Here is the link to the article in the Aurora Sentinel that ran on December 4, 2014. http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/street-creds-havana-renewal-project-lauding-successes/

May 23rd, 2014

Colorado & Company Segment: The Gardens on Havana & Viridian

Scott Goldammer from Miller Realty, property manager for The Gardens on Havana and Board President of the Havana Business Improvement District, and Lindsay Buuck, Leasing Manage for Viridian Luxury Apartments and Townhomes at The Gardens on Havana were features on 9News Colorado & Company on May 22, 2014.

May 18th, 2014

Life On Havana Street News – May 2014

A lot happens On Havana Street! Here are some things that are happening On Havana Street in May of 2014! On Havana Street Wins 1st Place Gold DRCOG Award! Dotsero Returns to the Summer Rose Garden Concert Line Up Maddio’s Pizza Joint

February 10th, 2014

Sales Tax Revenues Up Double Digits

Staying Strong 2014 SALES TAX REVENUES UP DOUBLE DIGITS The 3.75% city of Aurora sales tax revenues generated in the Havana District, consisting of 209 real commercial properties along Havana from 6th Avenue on the north to Dartmouth on the south, were up double digits in 2014 over 2013: Total Sales Tax Revenue were up
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December 28th, 2013

Articles

Read past issues of our Life On Havana Street eNewsletter: December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 Recent articles published about On Havana… December 17, 2013–The End Comes–Finally–For Aurora’s Fan Fare Building on Havana July 27, 2012–Denver Business Journal, “Havana Street being brought back
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October 11th, 2013

Village on the Park Redevelopment

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS KIMCO VILLAGE ON THE PARK REDEVELOPMENT Rick Turner from Kimco announced at the Havana BID board meeting in February that KIMCO will be moving forward with permitting for the demolition of the old Le Peep Restaurant building sometime this spring.  Rick also said that Jersey Mike’s has signed on for the new development.
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September 28th, 2013

Articles about On Havana Street in the News

Here are some articles where On Havana Street events and activities have been featured in the news. Check it out!   Colorado Sculptor Takes First Place in International 2013 Havana BID Art 2C On Havana Street Competition Havana BID Restaurant Week Headlines Active October On Havana Street for Aurora Shoppers Family Fun, Bargains Everywhere at
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February 13th, 2013

First Bank On Havana Wins Aurora Business Recognition Awards

TIDBITS First Bank at Iliff and Havana was recognized at the 10th annual City of Aurora Business Recognition Awards Thursday night, December 4 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Pictured is Dave Mittan (center), President of First Bank, receiving the award from Business Advisory Board President Tony Brake (left), and Aurora City Manager Skip Noe.  Dave Mittan
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November 19th, 2012

Holiday Shopping On Havana Street

Find unique gifts this Holiday at our International Markets and over 60 retailers on Havana Street.  Think global, buy local.

October 19th, 2012

9Cares Colorado Shares Holiday Drive

The Gardens on Havana at Mississippi & Havana is the newest site for the 9Cares Colorado Shares Food Drive on Saturday, October 27.  This is the 30th year for this great community event.  We will be accepting non-perishable food items, toys and clothing from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the parking lot by Buffalo
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June 5th, 2012

Comcast Newsmakers Segment on Havana Street Redevelopment

Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director of On Havana Street, discusses all the redevelopment occurring in the Havana District on Comcast Newsmakers.    

April 24th, 2012

Press Release from DRCOG

April 24, 2012 (Denver, Colorado) – The City of Aurora and the Havana Business Improvement District were honored by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for On Havana Street. The award was presented to Aurora Mayor Pro Tem Bob Roth, Aurora Planning Director Bob Watkins, and Havana Business Improvement District Executive Director Gayle Jetchick
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May 24th, 2011

Rose Garden

Lisa Strawn Memorial Rose Garden at the Gardens on Havana The Havana Business Improvement District is dedicated to improving the quality of life along Havana Street. From Dartmouth to 6th Avenue, hard work has been put into improving sidewalks, streetscapes, buildings and much more. The City of Aurora and Miller Weingarten Realty (MWR) worked together
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January 20th, 2011

Gayle Jetchick on Comcast Newsmakers

Gayle Jetchick from On Havana Street speaks with Libby Weaver from Comcast Newsmakers.