Rough grading of a fifth street connection between Stapleton and Aurora is underway with completion still anticipated for late next spring. By a 2006 intergovernmental agreement between Denver, Aurora and the Park Creek Metro District, the Dayton/Emporia connection, which curves to link Dayton Street in Aurora to Emporia Street in Stapleton, must be open for public use by June 1, 2017. The roadway is being constructed by Forest City with cash contributions from Denver and Aurora. Aurora is negotiating with a private landowner for acquisition of a triangular parcel (less than 2,000 square feet) needed at the northwest corner of the new street’s intersection with 25th Ave. and hopes to have that acquisition complete this fall according to Tony Chacon, urban renewal supervisor with the city of Aurora. The land acquisition issue does not impact Forest City’s 322-unit residential development known as Stapleton Aurora, says Tom Gleason. The current schedule calls for utilities, curb and gutter to be installed over the winter with asphalt paving installed mid to late spring 2017.