AURORA | The new Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center is set to open just across from the Anschutz Medical Campus in late March or early April of next year. When complete, the project will boast 249 hotel rooms and 31,500 square feet of conference space, which almost matches the conference capacity of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver.
Located at 13200 E. 14th Place, the project is 80 percent complete and is entering the final stages of construction, said Gordy Snyder, president of Commonwealth Hotel Collection.
When complete, it will also include a terrace that will connect the main building with an adjacent 41,000 square-foot parking structure that will house 525 parking spaces. That’s in addition to a large fitness center and outdoor swimming and sun deck included as part of the upscale hotel’s amenities.
The city paid $25 million to Corporex to build the conference center and manage the facility for a $50,000 annual fee. Snyder said Commonwealth will have more than 200 positions to fill when the new Hyatt Regency opens and that the company is excited have the City of Aurora as a resource to partner with in order to find candidates to fill those positions.
Aurora getting into the conference center business is a unique venture for the city, but city officials say the space is sorely needed. Gary Wheat, president of Visit Aurora, said the only nearby hotels with a similar conference space are the Radisson Hotel on South Parker Road and the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Denver International Airport.
When built, the conference center will be just across the street from Children’s, University of Colorado Hospital, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a new Veterans Affairs hospital set to open in 2017. Dozens of bioscience companies are nearby on the north side of the Anschutz Medical Campus at the Fitzsimons Life Science District.
Ward I Councilwoman Sally Mounier, whose ward includes the site of the project, said she expects it will spur even more economic development on the long-empty tracts of land just south of the Anschutz campus.
“I think once the Hyatt and the conference center opens up, that’s just the first phase,” she said.
She pointed to Stanley Marketplace — another large-scale project that will open next spring just northwest of the conference center at 2501 N. Dallas St. — as another example of a large-scale development finally taking off in North Aurora infill that has been vacant for decades.
Stanley is expected to be a gastronomic and retail bazaar that will be housed in Aurora’s 140,000-square-foot former Stanley Aviation building. It’s slated to house 48 businesses that will include big-ticket Denver-based eateries such as the Big Wonderful, Comida and Rosenberg’s Bagels.
On their website for the hotel, the Hyatt Regency boasts that the hotel and conference center is “located in one of Metro Denver’s most up and coming areas.”
Representatives for the Hyatt Regency did not respond to requests when asked whether individuals or companies have already made reservations.