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DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE:   July 2014 Havana Business Improvement District Demographics in a 1, 3 and 5 mile ring around the intersection of Mississippi & Havana. 


Helpful links for present and future business owners On Havana Street: 

  1. Click here to read the Havana BID official rules for random drawings associated with District events.
  2. Click here to view the Havana North/Fanfare Concept Plan, created by area neighbors, business owners and city officials to establish guidelines and high quality standards for future redevelopment.
  3. Click here to view the Havana District Design Concept Plan, adopted by the City of Aurora in 2005.
  4. Click here to view the Recommended Xeriscape Plant and Tree List for the Havana District
  5. Click here to view the Havana Street Landscape Overlay District Ordinance
  6. Click here to view the new City of Aurora Sign Code with the new rules for electronic message board (EMCs) starting on page 14 of the code.
  7. What commercial property is available for lease or sale On Havana Street?  View The List of Available Properties
  8. Need help finding someone to do maintenance on your business, remove snow or chip & seal your parking lot?  Check out our Service Vendors List
  9. Click here to view the Sustainable Infill and Redevelopment (SIR) Handbook.

What is On Havana Street?

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
  • Open seat to be filled by a car dealership rep
  • Dave Mittan, BID Director, President, First Bank of Aurora, 2300 S Havana ST
  • Darryl Ryan, BID Director, Havana Auto Parts, 901 S Havana ST  
  • Kim Dammer, BID Director, Summit Steakhouse, 2700 S Havana ST
  • Glenda Dozier, BID Director, Bella Vita Senior Living, 1470 S Havana ST
  • Scott Goodwin, BID Director, All Seasons Rentall, 2157 S Havana ST
  • Brenda Soper,  BID Director, AmCap, property manager for The Gardens on Havana
  • Gayle Jetchick, BID Executive Director 

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:

  • Program Management: Payroll, Supplies, Equipment, Overhead, Audit & Accounting, Taxes, Insurance, Legal counsel
  • 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

Upcoming Board Meetings: 

The Board of Directors meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Havana Street Station (formerly called Dumitri's Restaurant) at 1911 S Havana Street, unless otherwise noted below. 

Here are the 2015 board meeting dates:

  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19 (this is our annual stakeholders' meeting held at The Summit Steakhouse)
  • December 17

Helpful Links to area attractions:

               Visit Aurora Cultural Arts Web Site  

               Visit the Aurora Symphony Orchestra Web Site

Links to useful information for your business:

Visit the City of Aurora Web Site
Visit the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Web Site
Visit the Aurora Economic Development Council Web Site
Visit the Downtown Colorado, Inc. Web Site
Visit the Aurora Business Development Center Web Site
Visit the Aurora Tax & Licensing Center Web Site
Visit the TriCounty Health Department's Restaurant Licensing Info Web Site
Visit the Aurora Zoning Code Counter Web Site
Visit the IRS Small Business Tax Center Web Site 
Visit the Korea Weekly

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