DENVER – A future vision for an “airport city” at Denver International Airport is bumping into a vision from the past, said Adams County and mayors from communities surrounding the airport.
Those communities, including Aurora, say long-term development plans violate a 25-year-old intergovernmental agreement that limits the types of businesses allowed on airport property. The deal was reached when Denver annexed land for the airport, The Denver Post reported Friday.
Adams County officials fear the airport developments will draw business away from their developments.
Last week, Aurora and Adams County asked Denver to send representatives to a committee formed to address the conflict.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan avoided the issue at a breakfast event on Friday in Denver.
Hancock unveiled a 30-year plan to develop three areas, including a 22-mile corridor that follows a commuter light-rail line from downtown to the airport that he called the “Aerotropolis and Corridor of Opportunity.”
“If we do this right, and I mean by doing it smart, the entire region will share 40,000 new jobs and a $2 billion economic impact,” Hancock said.
Hogan touted Aurora’s amenities such as include affordable land, the Fitzsimons Medical Campus, a military base, as well as its own water supply.
“I don’t know about you, but to borrow a real estate phrase, that sounds to me like ‘location, location, location,” he said.