Central Park Station will be the focal point of transit-oriented development within the Stapleton neighborhood, one of the largest New Urbanist redevelopment projects in the country. Since the adoption of the Stapleton Development Plan in 1995, which has been guiding the redevelopment of the former Stapleton Airport, the intent of the station area is to become a walkable, transit-rich neighborhood serving as Stapleton and its adjacent neighborhoods portal to the regional transit network.
The station will be part of the $1.9 billion, 23-mile East Corridor commuter rail line, which will operate between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA). The station will be a significant activity center, serving as a key Park-n-Ride for airport travelers (1,500 spaces), as well as one of RTD’s largest bus transfer facilities. RTD will purchase approximately 20 acres south of Smith Road, between Quebec Square and Central Park Boulevard from Forest City, Stapleton’s master developer, to accommodate the bus transfer facility and the Park-n-Ride lots.
Due to high potential for future development and expected level of activity, the Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Plan (2006) identified the Central Park Station TOD typology as “Urban Center” and recommended that the City work closely with RTD and Forest City (Stapleton’s Master Developer) to formulate an approach to plan the station area. In 2009, the City, RTD, and Forest City came together to develop a conceptual plan for the station area. The conceptual plan focuses on RTD’s facilities for both opening day and a later phase once development occurs on the site. Currently, a station area planning process is building upon this conceptual planning with completion scheduled for 2012.
Central Park Station Area Plan - Final (PDF)
Stapleton Station Conceptual Plan (2009) (PDF)