Stapleton United NeighborsForum lat night at DSST!!
Lat night, SUN hosted it's biannual community forum. These forums historically have offered some great updates from various groups involved in the development of Stapleton. There is always an update from Forest City, the master developer, The MCA, who runs the association and SUN who are the neighborhood group who sponsors the event. If you have questions on various groups please read my blog "Stapleton Neighborhood Groups: Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup".
According to the agenda, the overall theme last night for the forum was going to be the Transit Oriented Development(TOD) site where the commuter rail is going to be in the next few years and how it will be built out. There was a speaker from RTD that gave a quick summary of their role and some possible thoughts on how it might look. Oddly enough though the meeting seemed to have more of a tone of short term ideas and follow up. The train station is probably about 4 years away and it seemed like the attendees were more interested in the here and now.
Topics like the configuration of the new school opening next year, the programming of the new rec center opening up in a few months, and even the new pool location were paramount. Forest City was there and gave their update of development which captured it's normal barrage of questions, but again mostly of "what's next?"
Topics like connection to Fitzsimmons, 26th Ave development, the 25 acre park time frame, and the hopes of Eastbridge town center were still heavy on people's minds, as these are projects that are behind schedule.
The Stapleton United Neighborsgroup and several of it's committees, as well as other committees from CAB and SDC have been working diligently on the TOD site and how it will affect the future of Stapleton and really Denver as a whole. It was the focus in the Front Porch this month and has some crucial time frames coming soon, even though it isn't happening for over 4 years. I think maybe it's more a sign of the times that people are looking a bit more at the direct horizon instead of towards the long term future. Which in retrospect is understandable. As a SUN member and someone who is very active in a lot of these neighborhood groups, I am taking notice of this. I think it is still important for some to be looking at these future ideas and keeping tabs on them. But as a whole in the community it seems that I as well as the rest of Stapleton United Neighbors and the other neighborhood groups should also spend more time communicating and advocating for people in our community on some of the more immediate issues.
For more information on Stapleton United Neighbors or for minutes from the meeting please go to the SUN website. http://sites.google.com/site/sunwebsite1/Home/sun-board.
Or feel free to reach out to me to tell me what you want us to focus on or what we can do to help your vision of what you want Stapleton to be, or if you are thinking of moving to Stapleton and have any questions feel free to call as well.