The General Development Plan (GDP) for Stapleton north of 56th, referred to as Section 10 (shown at right), was thought to be final, but Forest City has discovered bedrock in the general area circled in red. Senior Vice President Jim Chrisman says it’s possible they could dig it out and build, but the way water moves around rock is unpredictable, opening the possibility of basements and infrastructure having water problems. As a result of their findings based on about 20 borings in that area, Forest City will go to the City of Denver to request the following change in the GDP.
The planned regional open space (N-TOS-35,36) will be eliminated. The planned regional open space (N-TOS-38-39,44) will be moved further south (and the planned school location next to it will be moved to accommodate that change). Additional regional open space will be added in the area just below to comply with the requirement for Stapleton to have 1,116 acres of regional open space. (Regional open space gets turned over to Denver Parks.)
The net result will be somewhat fewer residences than originally planned and more acreage than planned (or required) for the smaller in-tract parks, which are maintained by the Master Community Association (MCA). The seventh MCA pool could be built in the area with the bedrock.
This area is still in the planning stages and has not been named. Forest City doesn’t expect to sell lots to builders in this neighborhood until the third quarter of 2018.