The opening of the A-Line: What’s next for the Central Park Station TOD?

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Emily Rusch at The Denver Post wrote a terrific article (“Transit-oriented development chugging down the A-train tracks”) featuring the opening of Central Park Station, future development plans, and quotes from Forest City Stapleton’s Vice President of Development.

Here’s a look:

The train to Denver International Airport is now in service, and that means big things beyond commuters and travelers looking for a convenient transportation option. For developers, the land around 23 miles of track has entered a new phase — from the site of future rail service to a destination for thousands of people boarding and disembarking every day.

Central Park8200 Smith Road, Denver

Travel another three minutes east by train to Central Park Station, and it’s a different story.

Forest City Stapleton owns all five vacant lots immediately to the south of the station, and the first wave of development announcements could begin within the next six months, Chrisman said.

Envisioned for the 35-acre site: a high-density, mixed-use “urban center” with buildings that front sidewalks and active, public open spaces.

“Overall, it could be 1.5 million square feet of office space, up to 1,000 units of multifamily, with support retail,” Chrisman said. “We’d like to do a hotel. We’d like to do condominiums when that market is able to come back.”

Vertical construction is likely a year or more away, but Chrisman said Forest City Stapleton is seeing tremendous interest in the site, which sits behind big-box retail at Quebec Street and Smith Road.

‘This is the last, almost the crown jewel of the Stapleton development,” he said. “We’re really focused on it now pretty heavily.”

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