Project Announcements
45 acres purchased for development at Stapleton
August 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm 0
Rendering courtesy United Properties.

Rendering courtesy United Properties.

United Properties has announced that Beverage Distributors Company, LLC, Inc. has signed to lease 500,000 square feet of space and closed on the purchase of 45 acres of land from Forest City Stapleton. This land is located at I-70 and Havana Street in Denver. “This is one of the largest industrial leases ever signed in Denver, and in our portfolio of properties,” said Kevin Kelley, vice president, United Properties. Three new buildings are planned to be constructed on the land with two of them expected to break ground in September. The third building will be constructed based on market demand. The two buildings that will begin construction in September will include a 646,00 square foot distribution building that will be completed in early 2017, and a 157,000 square foot flex building that can be used for office space will be completed in the second quarter of 2016. “We are thrilled to be in the position to consolidate our operations into this new facility,” said Beverage Distributors President and CEO Joseph Marotta. “This is the culmination of the hard work of all of our associates over the past 40 years here in Colorado. This new facility will serve our business, our supplier partners and our customers for the next 20 years and beyond.” Beverage Distributors Company is the largest distributor of liquor and beer in Colorado and employs over 600 people. Once these new buildings are completed, Beverage distributors will move operations from three existing properties in Aurora to be all housed at the Stapleton property in Denver. Powers Brown Architecture designed the future buildings and the general contractor is Murray & Stafford, Inc. Along with United Properties, Mike Wafer and Tim D'Angelo of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank provided brokerage services.
Project Announcements
New retail development for Denver’s Stapleton
June 10, 2015 at 11:37 pm 0
Rendering of the Eastbridge  Town Center at Stapleton. Courtesy Evergreen Development

Rendering of the Eastbridge Town Center at Stapleton. Courtesy Evergreen Development and City Street Investors

City Street Investors along with Evergreen Development have announced plans to build a shopping and dining district that will include independent and local restaurants at the Eastbridge Town Center at Stapleton in northeast Denver. "The People of Stapleton are Denverites. They went there for the school system and bigger floor plans. When you consider yourself a Denverite, you have certain expectations," said Pat McHenry, a principal of City Street Investors. "We're working with other hip, cool retail and are excited to be a part of something that's authentic, local and part of the community." In addition to McHenry, the other principals in City Street Investors are Joe Vostrejs and RoD Wagner. These three are also principals of Larimer Associates, the group that owns Larimer Square and was also involved in the redevelopment of Denver's historic Union Station. This project will be developed at Martin Luther King Drive and Havana Street. The project will consist of 22,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Stapleton resident and Restauranteur Troy Guard signed to lease space to house two restaurants— Los Chingones Mexican restaurant as well as a breakfast restaurant that has yet to be named. "I have always wanted to do a breakfast concept," said Guard. "A cool breakfast spot is something Stapleton residents have been wanting in the Eastbridge Town Center for a long time." Once completed the development will accommodate 8-12 tenants. Gaurd is also opening a Los Chingones in southeast Denver at the mixed-use Belleview Station development. Construction is slated to begin this November with completion expected in the fall of 2016. "Stapleton has won acclaim because its authentic urban neighborhoods provide pedestrian friendly and bicycle access to small retail of the type City Street is planning to bring to the Eastbridge Town Center," said Jim Chrisman, senior vice president with Forest City Stapleton, Inc., the master developer for the former airport property.  "I am confident their development in the Eastbridge Town Center will be a tremendous success."
Native prairie incorporated into new Stapleton parks
March 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0
Denver based urban design and landscape architecture studio Civitas has designed elements of native prairie into the Stapleton neighborhood that is taking shape on the north side of I-70. Civitas aims to invert the typical people first development approach and create a prarie-like environment that takes the area back to its native roots. "The design of the newest neighborhoods at Stapleton has been a very thoughtful effort to intersect urban living with the beauty of the high plains,” says Heidi Majerik, Director of Development at Forest City Stapleton, Inc. “There is respite in the peace and serenity that is inherent to the prairie while the urban form and park design provides interconnectedness not only with the environment but also with one another."
Rendering of the Stapleton parks with native prairie landscaping incorporated into the project. Image courtesy

Rendering of the Stapleton parks with native prairie landscaping incorporated into the project. Image courtesy Civitas

Stapleton is a master planned community that sits on the site of the former Stapleton International Airport which served as Denver's primary airport operating from 1929-1995. Aviation operations ceased at Stapleton in 1995 when Denver International Airport opened allowing for a massive development opportunity at the former airport site. With the open space-directed plan for Stapleton’s newest neighborhoods, north of I-70, featuring Conservatory Green and Willow Park East, Civitas has reversed the landscape typologies it established in Stapleton’s earlier neighborhoods. “Instead of living adjacent to the prairie, Stapleton’s newest residents will be living in the prairie,” explains Civitas design principal Craig Vickers. “The landscape will reflect the natural and organic qualities of the prairie and the cultural influences that made it habitable.” Civitas studied the natural ecology of this location to determine what it would have been like before jet aircraft were landing and taking off from runways that were constructed at this location. The designers of this project state that there will be both ecological and human benefits captured from the design of these public spaces.
Rendering of Stapleton's network of parks on the north side of I-70. Image courtesy WordenGroup

Rendering of Stapleton's network of parks on the north side of I-70. Image courtesy Civitas

The parks and native prairie included in the development include:
  • Uplands Park, an area that will include sculpted earthworks and a traditional lawn
  • Prairie Meadows Park, which will stand as the nexus of the park system and will emulate the indigenous landscape with wind-swept dunes and high and low bridges for access to the landscape across drainage ways
  • Cottonwood Gallery will allow runners and walkers the opportunity to recreate on trails that meander along creek sides and native vegetation
  • Sandhills Prairie will incorporate tall-grass prairie and will segue into athletic fields
Rendering of Prairie Meadows Park designed by Civitias in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood. Image courtesy WordenGroup

Rendering of Prairie Meadows Park designed by Civitias in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood. Image courtesy Civitas

“Our objective, as Stapleton neighborhoods expand to the north, is to regenerate this ecosystem for both environmental and human benefit," said Civitas president Mark Johnson. "People love the parks, but they love the scale and natural form of the open space even more" More than 250 acres of park, recreational, and open space land comprise this project. Landscape architects Ann Mullins and Mark Johnson founded Civitas in 1983. Civitas has also designed Denver's Commons Park and is designing a rooftop park at the San Diego Convention Center.
Construction Updates
Stanley Marketplace makes progress
February 9, 2015 at 12:04 am 0
Rendering of the redeveloped Stanley Marketplace slated to open fall of 2015

Rendering of the redeveloped Stanley Marketplace slated to open fall of 2015

The Stanley Marketplace project located at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora continues to make progress and is slated to open this fall. The project sits on the border of Denver's Stapleton neighborhood and Aurora. Stanley Aviation utilized the site as its headquarters where aircraft ejector seats were manufactured beginning in 1954. The company was started by Bob Stanley who was the first person to ever fly a jet aircraft when he was working as a test pilot in 1942. The vision for this adaptive reuse project is to convert the former Stanley Aviation property which has been sitting unused for years into a thriving urban marketplace. The 22-acre parcel and 100,000-square foot retail space will include:
  • A beer garden and restaurant operated by Denver restauranteur Kevin Taylor
  • Ample space for dining and retail
  • A community park
  • Indoor/outdoor event venue
  • Office space
The aim of the project is to create a mix of well-known and independent retailers. Stanley Marketplace has announced the addition of three new tenants: Tootsies the Nail Shoppe, providing manicures and pedicures, Kismet, a women's clothing and accessory store and Wax, a waxing salon presenting services for men and woman. Businesses from a wide variety of industries have expressed interest in the property. Tenants that are selected are done so by their relevance to Colorado and the Stapleton and Aurora community. The Stapleton-based firm Flightline Ventures consisting of Stapleton residents Mark Shaker, Lorin Ting and Megan Von Wald partnered with the City of Aurora to bring this project to fruition. “We’re incredibly excited to announce these businesses as the most recent additions to the Stanley family,” said Shaker. “Based on our research, the community definitely sees a need for their services, and we’re happy to welcome them to Stanley.” The City of Aurora also identified the need for a public gathering place in the area and made Flightline Ventures aware of the vacant property. The marketplace is part of a much larger redevelopment plan Aurora has for urban revitalization along the Westerly Creek corridor. "It's just thrilling to watch the pieces of this project fall into place," said Aurora City Manager Skip Noe. "The anticipation for the Stanley Marketplace continues to build in the community, and we are counting down to opening day."