Helpful links for present and future business owners On Havana Street:
- Click here to read the Havana BID official rules for random drawings associated with District events.
- 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.
- Click here to view the Havana District Design Concept Plan, adopted by the City of Aurora in 2005.
- Click here to view the Recommended Xeriscape Plant and Tree List for the Havana District
- Click here to view the Havana Street Landscape Overlay District Ordinance
- 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.
- What commercial property is available for lease or sale On Havana Street? View The List of Available Properties
- Thinking of starting or expanding a business or service in Aurora? Before you do anything, please read this brochure published by the City of Aurora Office of Development Assistance entitled: Brochure: Starting or Expanding a Business or Service
- New Job Reward Program in Aurora: This is Aurora's new incentive program to stimulate job creation. Take a look to see if your business qualifies.
- Need help finding someone to do maintenance on your business, remove snow or chip & seal your parking lot? Check out our Service Vendors List
- Take a look at the City of Aurora's All 4 Business Initiative Draft Action Plan
- Read about the City of Aurora's new Sustainable Infill and Redevelopment Zoning Code (SIR)
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:
Scott Goldammer, BID President, The Gardens on Havana, Mississippi & Havana
Matt Rauzi, BID Treasurer, Colorado's Pro Gym, 1939 S Havana St
Michael Sheldon, BID Secretary, Sheldon Law, representing the Fan Fair property
Drew Steele, Stevinson Toyota East & Scion, board confirmation set for January 2014
Vacant position for segment of Havana between 6th and Alameda
Dave Mittan, 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
Garrett Ladd, GM of Gibby's Sports Bar, 1555 S Havana ST
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. Our 2013 operating budget from tax revenue is $349,963. Per our adopted operational plan, the revenue is applied to:
- Program Management: Payroll, Supplies, Equipment, Overhead, Audit & Accounting, Taxes, Insurance, Legal counsel (25% of budget)
- 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 (60.5% of budget)
- 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. (10% of budget)
- 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
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 2014 board meeting dates:
- January 16, 2014
- February 20, 2014
- March 20, 2014
- April 17, 2014
- May 15, 2014
- June 19, 2014
- July 17, 2014
- August 21, 2014
- September 18, 2014
- October 16, 2014
- November 20, 2014 (Annual Meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Summit Steakhouse)
- December 18, 2014
Annual Reports: 2013 Havana BID Annual Report
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
FAQ's: FANFARE / FANFAIR
Update January 2014: The Fan Fare building is down! LVI Environmental is working on cleaning up the debris from the site, but the chain link fence has been removed from three sides of the site. Once the site has been deemed "clean" by the Colorado Department of Health, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority will take over title of the property. AURA plans to issue an RFP to attract a developer and a project for the site later in 2014. (Pictured above left: Fanfare in winter 2012, middle picture is as demolition continues in January 2014, and picture on the right shows the building gone.)
HISTORY: What's up with that ugly "bubble building" at about 3rd & Havana? What is it?
December 24, 2012: AURA has elected the "clean site" option of purchase for $4 million. This means that the current ownership group, Capital Financial Ventures, will remediate all of the environmental issues on the site and take the build down and then AURA will take over title. We understand that a remediation plan has been submitted to the CDPHE for approval.
The Havana North Concept Plan and the new SIR zoning (Sustainable Infill Redevelopment) links can be found at the top of this webpage.
Update: 4/11/11 Aurora City Council Approved the urban renewal area for Havana North/Fan Fair! There are no imminent redevelopment projects scheduled.
The "bubble building" is called Fan Fair. The official spelling is Fan Fair, although the alternate spelling of "Fare" is commonly seen. It was Aurora's first indoor flea market membership warehouse build around 1961. It was open for 4-5 years and then closed until the early 1980's when it was re-used by Western Electric as a training facility for a couple of years. It has been sitting vacant since about 1985. It is full of asbestos, which has hindered redevelopment efforts.
In April of 2008, the Havana BID board of directors wrote a letter to the City of Aurora Planners encouraging a partnership between the BID and the city to address Fan Fair and surrounding areas.
In the fall of 2009, the City of Aurora Planners held a series of workshops to come up with a new "vision" for the entire area around Fan Fair. Neighbors, business and commercial property owners, and city staff came held several workshops and came up with the Havana North Concept Plan. The group envisions a mixed use redevelopment of the area running from 6th Ave on the north to Bayaud on the south, Geneva Street on the west, including most but not all of the commercial properties. Mixed used means a combination of uses like small businesses and office uses, retail to support the development, restaurants, and condos/townhomes.
In 2010, the Havana North Concept Plan was approved by Aurora City Council. Also in 2010, the Havana Business Improvement District partnered with the City of Aurora to hire a consultant to perform a formal Blight Study of the Havana North area. The Havana North Area was declared officially blighted in the fall of 2010, with the consultant finding 10 out of 11 possible blight factors.
In late fall and winter of 2010, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority worked on the urban renewal plan for Havana North. This plan will work its way through the usual channel at the city with hope for approval in the late Spring of 2011.
In the fall of 2011, the City of Aurora approved a new mixed use zoning code called SIR (Sustainable Infill Redevelopment) zoning. The Havana North/Fanfare area is eligible to take advantage of this new mixed use zoning for future redevelopment efforts.
We have no imminent projects planned for the Havana North area, and it is anticipated it will be a few more years before redevelopment happens due to the sluggish economy. At least we will have laid the groundwork for redevelopment to occur once the economy improves. Watch this website for updates.