As some of you may know the Denver International Airport, also known as DIA, has celebrated 25 years of operation this week and already looking to the future. DIA is the largest airport in the U.S by total land size (2nd in the world) however only about 14,000 out of roughly 40,000 acres of their property has been used. The plan? Become a city. DIA’s real estate division plans to use 60+ acres development at 61st street and Peña Boulevard to build residential and commercial businesses opportunities with the ability to house up to 60,000 people. To put that into perspective Grand Junction Colorado (GJT) has a population of about 65,000.
I still don’t understand as to why this would work. Like in my opinion Denver is large enough already, and their expansion plans to be honest are ridiculous, despite it being a United hub. I just don’t really see a need for such a large airport… or city thing, I don’t know 😂
Does it seem cool? Heck yeah.
Will it work? I don’t think so.
This actually sounds like a good idea depending on how it’s done. Here the airport has really been pushing all sorts of things on airport property, there are a few busines parks, and there making a new additive manufacturing “community.” They also do some natural gas drilling on airport property which is a major part of funding. Our airport advertises that all these on site developments help the airport because it allows them to balance the checkbook with means out side of charging airlines, and passengers meaning that the airport is cheaper for airlines to use. I assume becoming it’s own local government means that there will be less red tape for things like that, and other improvements to the airport. Sounds like a good idea to me depending on how it’s executed of course…
I work at KDEN and in my opinion it is a very…unwise decision to put up housing developments around KDEN, because it was partially the downfall of the old KDEN a.k.a Stapleton Airport, it was the whole reason the new DEN was constructed 25 miles East of downtown. Just my opinion, but I am whole heartily again putting housing developments near KDEN. Commercial developments are another story.
Keep in mind that this is just future speculation. I think a few apartment buildings and a few shops out near the airport would be smart but not full residential neighborhoods, that was the demise of the old Stapleton International.