Development Report
Updated:  August 2, 2022
 
District 10 / Development Meetings:
  • October 13, 2021 - Community Meeting with Chris Hinds, Councilman District 10.  During the meeting Chris discussed Denver Development and Zoning process and answered community questions.  You can watch the recorded meeting HERE
 
Current Development Projects
 
Index:
1) CCE Residential and Commercial Design Overlays
2) 50 S. Steele St.
3) 5 Cook St.
4) 3400 E Bayaud Ave and 121 S Monroe St
5) Colorado Blvd Gateways
6) Cherry Creek West
7) Gardens at Cherry Creek Apartments
 
1) Design Overlays/Residential and Commercial
     Barry Lazarus, Lead Residential Overlay. Brooks Waldman & Bill Allen, Lead Commercial Overlay
    STATUS:  City Planning & Development
 
UPDATE:  On June 1st, 2022, the CCEA Commercial and Residential Overlays were presented to Community Planning & Development (CPD).  CCEA’s general impression is that CPD will vote against the overlay unless it is perceived to have citywide application.  If you support the overlays, we need your help by writing in your support of the CCEA Overlays to Councilman Hinds and CPD.  
 
Here are some suggested discussion points and sample letter in support of the CCE Commercial and Residential Overlays.  Please write your own ideas as desired. Council and CPD listen to and are influenced by the written word, much more than emails, surveys, and phone calls. 
  • Chris Hinds, Councilman, District 10 (2022 City Council Representative) 
    • Councilman Chris Hinds
      1437 Bannock St, Rm 451
      Denver, Colorado. 80202
 
  • Laura Aldrete, Community Planning and Development
    • Laura Aldrete
      Community Planning and Development
      201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept 205
      Denver Colorado 80202
 
  • Amanda Sawyer, Council Woman, District 5 (2023 City Council Representative)
    • Council Woman Amanda Sawyer
      1437 Bannock St, Rm 451
      Denver, Colorado. 80202
 
On February 16, 2021, CCE Development Committee hosted a meeting via zoom where they presented the commercial and residential overlays to the community.  They had over 60 residents and commercial property owners in attendance.  If you missed the February community meeting, you can find the presentation here and the discussed questions and issues for developers here.  City Planning has also reviewed the overlays and, based upon their recommendations, revisions have been made to the plans.  A survey, asking for your feedback on the city planning revised version, was sent out to the CCE community on July 1, 2021.  The results of the survey are available below. 
 
 
2) 50 S. Steele/Developer:  Broe Real Estate Group
     REZONE:  C-MX-12 (Commercial Mixed Use 12 stories)
    STATUS:  November 1, 2021 Denver City Council approved 50 S. Steele St. rezoning to 12-stories.
 
Broe submitted an application to the City of Denver for rezoning to C-MX-12.  They presented their newly revised plans at the March 2021 development committee meeting.  The plan is to rebuild with 5, 12-story apartment towers with retail space on the ground floor.  A community meeting was held on July 27, 2021 at 6:00pm via Zoom.  You may watch the recording of the community meeting HERE.   The CCEA Board sent out a survey to the community on September 9, 2021. 
 
The Survey Results can be found here:  50 S. STEELE CCEA SURVEY REPORT
 
 
3) 5 Cook Street/Ellsworth & Cook/Developer: Canyon Law
   REZONE:  C-MX-8 (Commercial Mixed Use 8 stories) 
   STATUS:  On October 25, 2021 Denver City Council approved the 5 Cook St. rezoning to 8-stories.  
 
The Law Family, the owners of this property, submitted application for rezoning to C-MX-8 to build 7 story apartment rentals with retail space on the ground floor.  A community meeting was held on July 21, 2021 at 5:30pm via Zoom.  You may watch the recording of the community meeting here.  The CCEA Board sent out a survey to the community on July 29th.  Results from the survey are posted below.  
 
 
4) 3400 E Bayaud Ave and 121 S Madison St/Owner:  Travis McAfoos
 
REZONE:  G-RX-5 (General-Residential Mixed Used-5 story)
NOTE:  1st rezoning application submitted by owner was for C-MX-12 (Commercial Mixed Use 12 stories) and C-MX-5 and was denied by City of Denver Planning Board.  
 
**COMMUNITY SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE AND OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 13th.**
You may take the survey by clicking this SURVEY LINK.  
Thank you for participating in your community!
 
 
CCEA hosted a community meeting on July 26h at 5:30pm via Zoom where the owner, Travis McAfoos, presented the new plans for redevelopment and rezoning of both properties.  An application has been submitted to City of Denver for rezoning to G-RX-5.  The plan is to build a 5-story apartment building at 3400 Bayaud and at 121 S Madison with possible small retail space on ground.  You may watch a recording of the community meeting HERE.  
 
A Sr. City Planner from Denver Community Planning & Development (CPD) also attended the community meeting.  They have shared with CCEA their staff report and recommendation that will be presented to Denver Planning Board on August 3rd, 2022.  If you would like to attend the Planning Board meeting, you may RSVP through their website here.  
 
CPD will be recommending APPROVAL on this application.  
 
The following is information & presentations from 1st zoning application for 12-stories:
Developer's plans include a rezoning request to C-MX-12; 12-stories with 250+ apartment rentals and retail space on ground floor.  This project also includes 121 S Madison, where rezoning will be submitted for 5-story apartment rentals.  A community meeting was held on August 3, 2021 at 5:30pm via Zoom.  You may watch the recording of the community meeting HERE.   The CCEA Board will be sending out a survey asking for your feedback, so please keep an eye out for this important email.  
 
The owner of 3400 Bayaud, Travis McAfoos has hosted two open houses.  The first one was held on August 4th from 4-6pm at Chopper's.  The second was an Open House & Site Tour on August 24th from 4-6pm at 3400 E. Bayaud Ave.
 
 
5) Colorado Gateways/Bayaud & East Side of Harrison & 1st/Developer:Doug McKinnon
 
This project includes the corner of E. Bayaud Ave. and S. Colorado Blvd.  CCEA, alongside Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association, executed a development agreement with the owner of this property back in July 2020.   This project has not progressed as initially hoped.  The CCEA Development Committee has been in contact with the owner, Doug McKinnon, and has been told that there are no immediate plans to develop this site.  The lack of attention to this corner has left an abandoned building and created a hazardous corner for our neighborhood.  If you are concerned about the status of this property, we encourage you to report it by calling 311, report online at pocketgov Denver or contact Councilman Chris Hinds' office.  
 
Fortunately, while there is no indication that the CCE lots are for sale, the agreement negotiated by John Treddenick and Lou Raders for the this development project runs with the land so even if the CCE lots are sold, the new owner is legally obliged to live with the agreement.
 
You can see copies of the development agreements for the First Avenue properties here and for the Bayaud properties here.  Here is the CCN and CCEA Letter of Support. Here is the Hilltop letter of support.  The Denver Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that City Council approve these projects. 
 
6) Cherry Creek West/SW Corner of S University Blvd and E 1st Ave/Developer:  East West Partners
 
Cherry Creek West is hosting a Community Information Meeting on August 10th at 5:30 pm.  The meeting will be held virtually over Zoom.  You may review this invitation for meeting details and registration.  The developer, East West Partners, have made some changes to the master plan in response to City and community feedback and will be sharing those changes at this community meeting.  
 
You may learn more about this project and it's developers at the Cherry Creek West website.
 
Even though this project is in the early stages, the CCEA Development Committee has created the below listed document of discussion points to start dialogue around this project.
 
7) Gardens at Cherry Creek Apartments/SE Corner of S Jackson St/Developer:Zeppelin Development
 
This project is a 5-story apartment complex and completed.  Development agreements were executed on April 20, 2010 between the owners of the properties, the developer and Cherry Creek East Association.
 
 
 
For questions contact the CCEA Development Committee chairperson at development@cherrycreekeast.org.