Stapleton is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Located 15 minutes Northeast of downtown Denver, the development is on the site of the former Stapleton International Airport, which was closed in 1995. Now referred to as the Stapleton Community, Stapleton contains nine neighborhoods, nine schools public/private, 50 parks, several shopping and business districts, even its own visitor center. Planned to be operational by the year 2016, Stapleton will be connected to the rest of the Denver metro area by a commuter rail line currently under construction.[1] [2]


While Denver International Airport was being constructed, planners began to consider how the Stapleton site would be redeveloped. A private group of Denver civic leaders, the Stapleton Development Foundation, convened in 1990 and produced a master plan for the site in 1995, emphasizing a pedestrian-oriented design rather than the automobile-oriented designs found in many other planned developments. Nearly a third of the airport site was slated for redevelopment as public park space.

The former airport 4,700 acres (19 km2) site 10 minutes from Downtown Denver is now being redeveloped by Forest City Enterprises new urbanist project. Construction began in 2001, and as of 2008, 3,200 single-family houses, row houses, condominiums and other for-sale housing, as well as 400 apartments, had been built.[3] The new community is zoned for residential and commercial development, including office parks and "big box" shopping centers. Stapleton is by far the largest neighborhood in the city of Denver and an eastern portion of the redevelopment site lies in the neighboring city of Aurora.

In 2004, residents moved into Stapleton’s first apartments, pushing Stapleton's population to 2,500 residents. In 2006, Stapleton’s population grew above 5,000 and the Denver School of Science and Technology opened along with The Shops at Northfield Stapleton[[4]]. In 2007, the 80-acre Central Park opened along with three new office buildings. Additionally, Stapleton’s population surpassed 7,500 people.

Three years later, more than 14,000 people called Stapleton home and the trail network reached 38 miles. In 2011, Stapleton received national recognition as the site of the 2011 HGTV Green Home. Additionally, a new interstate interchange opened, connecting Central Park Boulevard to I-70, I-270 and neighborhoods south of the interstate. Now, Stapleton is celebrating 10 years of residential growth.

The community is expected to be home to some 30,000 residents in 12,000 homes, 10-plus schools, an 80 acres (320,000 m2) Central Park, a commuter-rail station, 10,000,000 sq ft (930,000 m2). of planned office space, 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2). of retail space, and 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) for parks and open space.[5] Stapleton's 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of open space also borders the restored Sand Creek Regional Greenway and Bluff Lake Nature Center, one of the nation's largest urban wildlife refuge

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