The last bit of Stapleton will be turned into houses

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The defunct Stapleton Airport control tower looms over the growing suburban lanscape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The defunct Stapleton Airport control tower looms over the growing suburban lanscape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver has rezoned the last major parcel of land left over from the old Stapleton International Airport.

What’s it going to be? More Stapleton!

The 155-acre parcel on the northeast corner of E. 56th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard, just east of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, was zoned a combination of M-RX-5, a master plan residential mixed use zone, and open space. That zoning went back to when the airport still owned most of the property.

Now it’s M-MX-5 and M-RX-5. That allows a combination of attached housing, multifamily and neighborhood level retail on the 24 acres closest to the main intersection. The rest of the property can be developed as single-family residential.

The rezoning conforms to Stapleton’s general development plan and will be consistent with the type of development seen in other parts of Stapleton, owners’ representatives told the City Council.

Stapleton residences as seen from a hill in Central Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Stapleton residences as seen from a hill in Central Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Forest City – Stapleton will redevelop the property.

District 8 Councilman Christopher Herndon got just a tiny bit emotional.

“This is amazing to think we are reaching the point of where we hit our last significant parcel for our old airport,” he said. “The time had gone by quickly.”

Stapleton was decommissioned in 1995 after Denver International Airport opened.

Stapleton Airport's defunct air traffic control tower. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Stapleton Airport's defunct air traffic control tower and a massive vacant lot that is now under development. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)