AURORA | The plot of land near East First Avenue and Havana Street has been called many things over the years.
Fan Fare, other times Fan Fair, sometimes just Fanfare. Occasionally it’s dubbed Havana North.
And in the corridors of city hall, the site — whether when the goofy building with the bulbous roof was there or in the years it has been a vacant sea of dirt — that chunk of real estate has likely been called far, far crueler things. Sadly, many of those monikers dropped on the chunk of land that has long bedeviled city leaders are unfit for this family newspaper.
But now it has a new name: Argenta.
Developers from Dillon Place LLC. said this week they are planning a mixed-use development at the site that will include 86 for-sale, multi-level townhomes, 207 mid-rise, market rate rental apartments and almost 20,000 square feet of retail space.
The retail space is expected to face Havana, according to Andrea Amonick, manager of the city’s Development Services Division, while the for-sale townhomes will run along the property’s western edge near Geneva Street.
The plan itself is several months in the works and comes after a series of hiccups in recent years as city officials have tried to redevelop the site that briefly housed the sprawling Fan Fare indoor market.
This plan, Amonick said, meets the requirements city officials laid out for the property, which sits along busy Havana Street.
“This includes key elements such as project connectivity for all modes of travel, the provision of accessible, quality community and project amenities and public spaces, and a diverse, quality urban design format,” she said in an email.
Jim Mercado, a principal…
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