With the decision to close Stapleton Airport came the opportunity to create the nation’s largest infill development – the new urbanism community of Stapleton.
While the new Denver International Airport didn’t open until 1995, planning by Denver’s civic and business leaders began years earlier. By the spring of 2001, master developer Forest City began developing a mixed-use community on 4,700 acres of land and promoting the vision of a walkable community with sustainability as a core value. The first residents began moving into the neighborhood in 2002 and the total population is expected to reach 30,000 residents. Single-family homes are in more traditional styles such as Tudor, Mediterranean, Craftsman and Victorian, while some of the town homes and lofts have a modern flair.
Adjacent to older communities and with an enviable location just 10 minutes to downtown and 20 minutes from the new airport, Stapleton was an immediate success. A new 80-acre Central Park, outdoor pools, and over 30% of the total land devoted to parks and open space encourage an active lifestyle among residents and visitors. Summer outdoor movies, concerts, festivals and open-air markets are just some of the amenities of this popular and award-winning neighborhood.