Development Report
Updated:  October 28, 2022
 
 
District 5 / CCE Community Meeting:
  • October 27, 2022 - CCE Community meeting with District 5 Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer.  During this meeting, Councilwoman Sawyer discussed what the transition from District 10 to District 5 in 2023 will look like for Cherry Creek East, answered questions and addressed concerns from CCE residents.  You can watch the recorded meeting HERE.
 
District 10 / CCE Community Meeting:
  • October 13, 2021 - CCE Community meeting with District 10 Councilman 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.
 
CCE Developments
 
Index:
1) CCE Overlay Districts:  Residential and Commercial Design
2) 50 S. Steele St.
3) 5 Cook St.
4) 3400 E Bayaud Ave and 121 S Monroe St
5) Colorado Blvd Gateways
6) Gardens at Cherry Creek Apartments
 
1) CCE Overlay Districts:  Residential and Commercial Design
     Barry Lazarus, Lead Residential Overlay. Brooks Waldman & Bill Allen, Lead Commercial Overlay
   
(This project has been in the works since 2018. For a recap on the history, click HERE.)
                  
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 Libby Kaiser with 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 written word, surveys, and phone calls, so we encourage your participation.  Click HERE for detailed information on how to make your voice heard with CPD and City Council.
 
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:  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)
STATUS:  September 26, 2022 Denver City Council approved the rezoning to 5-story (G-RX-5)
 
The re-zoning application for these two properties went before City Council on September 26th.
The CCEA Board ran a community survey, open to all CCE residents and property owners, from July 31st through August 14th.  You may reveiw the results and details of the survey in the following report:
 
CCEA hosted a community meeting on July 26, 2022 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.  
NOTE:  The first rezoning application was submitted for C-MX-12 & C-MX-5 and was denied by City of Denver Planning Board staff.  The following is information & presentations from the first application for 12-stories and 5-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
 
Update provided August 2022:  Owner is currently working with Excel to replace a section of the gas line.  Excel will be working on the gas line down Harrison and across Bayaud.  Once Excel completes their gas line replacement, the owner will be able to apply for a demolition permit with the city.
 
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) 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.