North Aurora homes plan to complete city’s connection to Stapleton development

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Yet another development is bridging the vacant spaces that have long separated older Aurora neighborhoods from their snazzier Stapleton counterparts to the north. 

Developer Forest City Enterprises, Inc. — which started buying up tracts of former Stapleton land from the federal government more than 10 years ago — is finally completing the Aurora portion of the former international airport-turned-suburbia.

The plan includes proposed residential development south of 26th Avenue between Fulton Street and Moline Street, where Forest City plans to build 322 single-family attached and detached homes priced between $250,000 to $450,000. 

“This has been much anticipated,” said Aurora City Councilwoman Sally Mounier, whose ward encompasses the new development. She said this is the first time she has seen new development on this scale in her ward.

“Most of us are living in homes, that at least south of Colfax, and even north of Colfax, were built after World War II,” she said. “The house I live in was built in 1952.”

Forest City also has proposed to complete a park planned east of Westerly Creek and west of the two-acre park at 26th and Fulton. That additional park development would include two youth athletic fields, a variety of landscape, and both paved and soft surface trails connecting the park to neighborhoods in Aurora and Denver, according to a press release from Forest City.

Developer Forest City Enterprises, Inc. — which started buying up tracts of former Stapleton land from the federal government more than 10 years ago — is finally completing the Aurora portion of the former international airport-turned-suburbia.

Former Aurora city council woman and longtime resident Nadine Caldwell, said the park will be a much-needed amenity for the north Aurora neighborhood.

“We don’t have any walking trails. If we want to walk on a trail, we have to drive to it. Soon, I’ll be able to walk two blocks down my street and hit a trail down there. I’m thrilled,” she said.

Caldwell, who also serves on the Stapleton Development Corp. Board of Directors, said building out Aurora’s portion of Stapleton suburbia has been a long time coming.

“We’ve been waiting 10 years to get to this point,” she said. “All these years, we’ve been saying that we want to be connected with Stapleton.”

The proposed development will also abut the future Stanley Marketplace, a more than 100,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial center set to open in Northwest Aurora next year. So far, retailers slated to be at Stanley include Rosenberg’s Bagels, GoodBird Kitchen, and Sazza Pizza and Salads.

The former Stanley Aviation building located at 2501 Dallas St., is also slated to include Endorphin Fitness, Kindness Yoga, Tootsies Nail Shoppe, Logan House Coffee Company and a yet-to-be-named Kevin Taylor restaurant that all have guaranteed space in the building.

Stanley’s developers have been in talks with the Northeast Bike Commuter Association in an effort to expand the nexus of the Westerly Creek and Greenbelt trail systems located directly across from the property.

Nadine Caldwell, a longtime North Aurora resident and former city councilwoman, said the park will be a much-needed amenity for the neighborhood.

“We don’t have any walking trails. If we want to walk on a trail, we have to drive to it. Soon, I’ll be able to walk two blocks down my street and hit a trail down there. I’m thrilled,” she said.

Tom Gleason, a spokesman with Forest City, said the company plans to start selling lots to homebuilders by the spring of next year, if it receives final approval from the city.

Aurora resident Ben D’englere, who moved into his home just across the street from the proposed homes with his wife and son a little over a year ago, said he supports the plan, but is a little concerned about the traffic on 26th Avenue.

He said he hopes the developer will work with the city on potentially putting more speed bumps along the busy street, which he said already gets too much traffic.

Forest City will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Aurora’s Fletcher Elementary School, 10455 E. 25th Ave.

— Aurora Sentinel Staff Writer Quincy Snowdon contributed to this story

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Joe Hardhat
Joe Hardhat
5 years ago

I’m sure Stapleton residents are excited to be finally connected to north Aurora. Just think, all the additional traffic through the Stapleton and reverse deliveries (thefts) of packages left on porches.

davebarnes
davebarnes
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Hardhat

Reverse deliveries. I am laughing out loud at that bon mot.

Alex Katsenelson
Alex Katsenelson
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Hardhat

it is logical .

Alex Katsenelson
Alex Katsenelson
5 years ago

It is not fair for Stapleton residence to be connected to Aurora. It brings
more robberies, more fear to walk tonight in City, traffic. I don’t
think that these connections will benefit people who lives on Stapleton . We have crazy traffic on 26th, I
almost was hit by car with loud music and
people did not pay attention to stop sign. They were busy listening music. It
was loud at 10:30pm. Before streets were connected, we felt more safely .