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Stapleton International Airport meant a lot to people - a lot of delayed flights, a lot of impact from noise and traffic, and highly depressed land uses and values in the vicinity.

With completion of Denver International Airport in 1995, Stapleton was permanently closed to aviation. Civitas has played a central role in the redevelopment of the airport continuously since 1988 and remains involved in many aspects of the design and redevelopment today.

Stapleton had 130 buildings, 3 million square feet of concrete, and numerous environmental problems. Nearby neighborhoods, businesses and schools were weak, crime was high, and values were low. Few people thought that Stapleton could be the center of rebirth for a city with a shrinking population, or that anyone would ever want to live there. The site was seen as a warehouse and distribution center by most. But that is not what the community wanted.

Civitas has led over 100 public meetings on every aspect of the redevelopment and continues as part of the team that is expanding the vision onto the full 4200 acre site.

We played a central role in establishing the development team, the management team, the design vision and notably the parks, recreation and open space master planning and design of over 400 acres of parks and open spaces.

Today there are over 10,000 residents and over $2 billion in value created. Stapleton has become the most desirable new community in the region and attracts a wide diversity of singles, families and retirees who enjoy the compact, green, mixed nature of the many neighborhoods, mixed use centers, retail, entertainment and park destinations.

Client: Denver Mayor’s Office
Collaborators: Calthorpe Associates, FX Fowle, Matrix Design Group
Completed: Ongoing
Budget: $3 million + design, $600 million + infrastructure/open space