The Stapleton Control Tower to Receive a Major Facelift

The Stapleton Control Tower to Receive a Major Facelift

Stapleton Control Tower RenovationThe old Stapleton air traffic control tower has become a permanent feature of the neighborhood’s skyline. For decades, the tower was the heart and soul of Denver’s primary airport, but since the closing of the airport in the late 1990’s, it has sat vacant and dilapidated. But as part of the continuing Stapleton development plans, the Stapleton control tower will now receive a much-deserved renovation.

Stapleton’s largest developer, Forest City, announced its plans to renovate the tower in early February, finally breaking the silence over what to do with this Stapleton icon. They will take on ownership of the tower, and then once renovations are complete, lease the facility back to the Stapleton Master Community Association. It only seems fitting that such an important piece of Stapleton history be used by the community and those living in Stapleton.

Plans for the Stapleton control tower include office space and, potentially, a theater space for a community arts center. This renovation is much needed as the tower is in dire straits. Currently, the tower stands empty and in disarray. Inside, there are holes in the floor and ceiling, as well as bird carcasses, dirt, trash, and flagrant signs of vandalism. However, the structural integrity of the building is still sound and thus, the tower can be saved. For the last few decades, Stapleton development has progressed around the building, yet no mention had been made about what to do with it. Now, the residents living in Stapleton have something to look forward to.

The Forest City team is currently working on a plan to purchase the site, including the tower, by the end of the year from the Stapleton Development Corporation. This corporation is in charge of purchasing land from Denver International Airport, who still, technically, owns the Stapleton control tower. This buying-and-selling situation is not foreign to Forest City, as they have made similar land purchases from Denver International Airport to further Stapleton development since the airport’s closure in 1995.

Once the physical work starts, it is unsure how long the construction and renovations will take. For the people living in Stapleton, the final product is eagerly anticipated and will be well worth the wait. 

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