In 1995, Denver International Airport opened and the City and County of Denver found itself facing an incredible opportunity. Stapleton International Airport had served the region for 66 years, but now it was closing, providing 4,700 acres of land ripe for development. The process of deciding what to do with the Stapleton site had begun years earlier."The Stapleton site will be a network of urban villages, employment centers and significant open spaces, all linked by a commitment to the protection of natural resources and the development of human resources." - 1995 Stapleton Development Plan
In 1990, a group of civic and business leaders created the Stapleton Development Foundation. Financed by private philanthropy, this nonprofit group was formed as a civic vehicle to work in partnership with the City administration. In 1993, the City of Denver entered into a partnership agreement with the Foundation, and in 1995, after an extensive community outreach effort, the Foundation produced the Stapleton Development Plan, known as the "Green Book." This document established the framework for redeveloping Stapleton.
In the spring of 2001 Forest City, the Stapleton Master Developer, purchased the first Stapleton land from the City of Denver and began construction of streets and utilities. By fall, construction began on the Visitor and Homefinding Center, model homes and the Quebec Square Regional Retail Center.
2002 saw the opening of the Stapleton Visitor and Homefinding Center. By spring, Stapleton's first model homes opened. Summertime found the Quebec Square Regional Retail Center opening, and construction began on the East 29th Avenue Town Center and Botanica on the Green Apartments. The summer also found the first residents calling Stapleton home.
Building on the tradition of Denver’s great neighborhoods, Stapleton marks a new direction in the evolution of the American Dream. It is a community based on balance: home life and workplace, marketplace and green space, private life and public involvement.
Conceived from the start as a sustainable community, Stapleton embraces the ideal of city life: an urban tapestry of diverse and distinctive homes, walkable, tree-lined streets, neighborhood stores, nearby offices, schools and parks everywhere.
Technology and public transit connecting residents and workers alike to the world beyond – just 10 minutes from Downtown Denver and 20 minutes from Denver International Airport.
Today, Stapleton is a thriving community with thousands of residents, acres of open space, new schools and shopping. We've come a long way, but it's just the beginning. Over the next several years Stapleton will continue to grow. When complete, Stapleton’s 4,700 acres will set a new standard for the rebirth of urban America: a new generation of neighborhoods where 30,000 residents and 35,000 workers can call home.