Before: This property was an underutilized site and building, previously occupied by two restaurants and most recently a church. The site is situated within one block of the historic Olde Town, the Gold Line Commuter Rail and Olde Town Transit Hub, and other complementary businesses including a 14-screen theater and over 150 restaurants and shops. The Water Tower Village neighborhood also encompasses this site which houses approximately 1,000 residents.
Vision: It was a long-time goal of the City of Arvada to develop a new hotel. Since 2007, and through a turbulent economic environment, AURA diligently worked with several developers to locate a hotel to this site and bring the site back to its bountiful utilization. In 2014, AURA successfully negotiated a deal with the Hilton Garden Inn.
AURA initiated and held two neighborhood meetings and sent notice to all property owners within 1,500 feet of the site. The developer’s architect created four facades for the public to consider. The facade with its brick red stucco was chosen by the public to compliment the surrounding buildings in the neighborhood. The AURA Board of Commissioners recommended stone be added to the lower section of the facade and agreed to finance it. The developer broke ground in early 2016.
Today: Arvada’s citizens, businesses, and recreation users have been waiting decades for this hotel. Visitors of the Arvada Center, Stenger/Lutz Field, and APEX facilities have a place to conveniently stay when in town for events and tournaments. Visiting family and friends can now stay close to their loved ones, and business associates can be accommodated in town. Further, the Hilton Garden Inn can serve as a venue for weddings, reunions, charity events, and business meetings.
Without raising taxes or using revenue from the City’s general fund, AURA is able to leverage new, non-existing taxes today to achieve a long-held goal of the community.