Location and amenities seen as draw for retirement community to be built on Havana Street
The retirement community being built in the old Aurora City Hall at 1470 S. Havana St. doesn’t have a name, the management company behind the project isn’t sure how much rent will be when it opens next year, or even a firm date for the opening.
But retirees hoping to call the community home are already interested.
Moraine Byrne, president of Ontrac Management, which will manage the property, said she is getting plenty of phone calls from people who want the low-down on the project — and want to be first in line to rent a unit there.
“We are taking names right now,” she said.
The bulk of the callers are Aurora residents who like the building’s location, she said, particularly its proximity to the bustling Gardens on Havana development.
“The location is wonderful, there are so many convenient areas around there,” she said. “It’s just a great location.”
Byrne said she hopes to have rental rates and other details available next month, but for now she is taking down names and numbers.
The project calls for 86 units and involves gutting the old city hall building at 1470 S. Havana St. and turning it into apartment-style units for seniors. Omni Development in Denver is leading the redevelopment.
When it’s complete, Byrne said the 98,00-square-foot community will include in-home health care providers, community rooms and several other amenities for seniors.
The rental prices will be based on the market rates, Byrne said, and the facility won’t have subsidies for low-income renters.
Final artist renderings of what the building will look like when it’s complete are not yet available, she said.
Jeff Carlson, the project manager at Omni, said crews have been working on the project for a few months and hope to be done in the spring, possibly May or June.
Omni officials have said that when work is complete, a second-phase of the project could include more units aimed at an older crowd, units with more strategic-care services.
The location is ideal, Carlson said, in part because there is a huge market for retirement homes. Also, the proximity to the Gardens on Havana.
“The demographics, first of all, are great. And the access to the all the new shops, the plaza there,” he said.
Gayle Jetchick, president of the Havana Business Improvement District, said she isn’t surprised to hear the project is already drumming up interest.
“There are great views from that building and it’s going to be a really neat project,” she said.
Jetchick said that beyond the construction already underway, city council is scheduled to consider a plan Monday to extend East Ironton Street near the building, making it easier to access.
Since the Gardens opened in 2007 on the site of the Buckingham Square Mall, disappointment about the lack of new residential property there has lingered even as officials praised the project for revitalizing a once-vibrant stretch of Havana.
Last year, Post Investment Group announced plans to build apartments east of the project, a move many in the area heralded.
That project will include 227 units, 10 of them town-house style, two-story units with garages, officials said. The town houses will be rental properties along with the other apartments.
By BRANDON JOHANSSON, Staff Writer