Change Is in the Air at DIA

Denver International Aiport (DIA) has been in negotiations for months over upcoming changes to the airport. The project has been highly contested, with strong and vocal opinions on all sides. In August the renovation plan was approved. Ultimately the project will be massive, introducing new partnerships, adding gates, changing layout, and totaling over $1 billion.

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• 26 new gates added to DIA’s three concourses. This will happen over the next few years. 

• $650 – $775 million in terminal renovations that will consolidate ticketing, relocate security to the upper level, and add more spots for food and shopping. This is part of the anticipation of increased traffic and an ultimate goal of increasing the terminal’s capacity to 80 million passengers per year.

• The project will take approximately 4 years to complete and costs over $1 billion. 

• The renovation aims to utilize the airport’s limited space more effectively and strategically. 

• Safer airport security is a huge part of the renovation plan, updates have been needed for years, especially post-9/11.

• A seventh runway. 

• Widening of Peña Boulevard, the airport’s access highway. 

 

 

New Lines Show Denver’s Growth

The Light Rail’s newest line, opening April 22, exemplifies the extraordinary growth of Denver in the last year.

The University of Colorado A Line will connect Union Station with the Denver International Airport, the “train to the plane.” This commuter line connects businesses, schools, neighborhoods, and of course, DIA.

Summer of 2016 promises the opening of RTD’s G Line, which will connect Union Station to Wheat Ridge, going through northwest Denver, Adams County, and Arvada along the way. Later in 2016, the I-225 R Line to Aurora is anticipated to open.

The many new rails connecting our growing city are witnesses to the increasing need for connectedness in booming Denver. With Colorado’s population increasing by over 101,000 people in the last year, more transportation and housing are in high demand. Areas like Aurora are continually expanding, and new developments are being built along these new rails.

28,000 square feet of retail space and 397 apartments are coming to Aurora in a new development. The Forum-Fitzsimons development is being built near the new R Line station, directly across from the Anschutz Medical Campus, a part of the University of Colorado. The location for this new development is prime, a mere 15 minutes from DIA and downtown, neighboring one of the fastest-growing medical schools in the country, and easily accessible via RTD’s new light rail line.

Forum-Fitzsimons isn’t the only development the new RTD lines have attracted. Wildgrass is a 336-unit complex being built at the intersection of Peña Boulevard and Green Valley Ranch Parkway, about three miles from the A Line to DIA. The complex will be comprised of 15 three-story buildings, denver-night-cityscape-4-12 (1)providing hundreds of new housing opportunities in a phenomenal location.

After being named #1 on U.S. News’ best places to live list, Denver has only continued to expand and flourish. The city is full of new homes and developments, creative restaurants and craft breweries abound, and with the Bronco’s recent Superbowl win, the city couldn’t be doing better.