A new street connection between Stapleton and northwest Aurora will be paved sometime this summer, according to Andrea Amonick, Aurora’s Development Services Manager. The Dayton/Emporia connection is the fourth of four street connections identified in a 2006 intergovernmental agreement between Denver, Aurora and the Park Creek Metro District. The goal was to reintegrate the former Stapleton Airport site into adjoining neighborhoods. Three such street connections have already been built and opened to public usage: Fulton, Iola and Kingston Streets.
The IGA linked the Dayton/Emporia construction to the beginning of development in Stapleton Aurora but with an opening date of no later than June 1, 2017. Amonick said negotiations with a private landowner, the Dayton Industrial Center, for a small parcel (669 sq. ft.) needed to accommodate Dayton where it will “T” into 25th Avenue are nearing completion. “It may delay the final turnover of the land but we should see the road completed this summer. Condemnation would only delay the process,” Amonick said. PCMD is constructing the road with financial contributions from Denver and Aurora totaling $500,000. Grading and utilities for the roadway are well underway.