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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:  SuperBowl Party – Location TBD March 2019 — Date TBD: Grocery Cart Races at Safeway March 2019: Mom & Pop Business Month May 2019 — Restaurant Week TBD: Restaurant Week – On Havana Street Saturday, May 4, 2019: Rose Garden Clean Up Friday, June 7, 2019:  Cruzin Havana VIP & Volunteer
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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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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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