Denver rail park along UP line taking shape

Written by Stuart Chirls, senior editor, Railway Age
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Development is under way on what is being billed as the largest rail-served industrial park in the Denver area.

The 620-acre Rocky Mountain Rail Park will offer the only rail sites available for development along Union Pacific tracks in the east Denver metropolitan area, according to Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR), the planned operator, developer and primary tenant of the site.

The site is located at Interstate 70 and Manilla Road, east of Colorado Air and Space Port, the former Front Range Airport now designated as a rocket-friendly commercial spaceport by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The developer plans to build a distribution facility on 150 acres of the site, the only Denver location it said can accommodate 100 railcars.

RMR worked with realtor Cushman and Wakefield, which has developed a proprietary nationwide database of rail-suitable sites, to locate near Denver International Airport and new developments in neighboring Aurora.

The remainder of the plot will be available for sale, lease or build-to-suit.

Zoning is for rail/storage and heavy manufacturing. RMR expects the entitlement and approval process with Union Pacific and Adams County to take about two years, with the project to be shovel-ready by mid-2019.

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