Here is a report on open development projects before the Board.
1. Colorado Gateways (East Side of Harrison/ Bayaud & East Side of Harrison and First).
Developer Doug McKinnon seeks to build residential and/or commercial buildings on empty lots and to replace abandoned buildings at the corners of First Avenue and East Side of Harrison and the north and south corners of Bayaud and the east side of Harrison. A CCEA negotiating team joined with a Cherry Creek North negotiating team to represent our communities. After many months of negotiations, a community survey and many meetings, the Boards of Cherry Creek East and Cherry Creek North reached an agreement to reduce the proposed properties from five to four stories, and to make a number of other important concessions listed below. Based on those changes, both Boards approved and we signed development agreements for projects which we believe will be a great addition to Cherry Creek, making the neighborhood more attractive with landscaping, setbacks, and two new gateways offering improved pedestrian and mobile access.
These agreements include the following major points:
1. A limit on all four buildings to four stories (rather than the requested five) with a maximum height of 60 feet (to allow for taller individual floors which will make the properties more attractive to compensate for the lost floor).
2. A requirement that the north most and south most buildings be residential with the two interior buildings available for office or mixed residential.
3. A limit on unit sizes and maximum number of units on the residential buildings.
4. Limits on the two potential office buildings to prohibit medical uses (often heavy traffic and parking). The current focus is on small business offices and private foundations.
5. A limit on total building mass with step-downs that go beyond zoning requirements to provide better street perspective and a design that will fit well into the neighborhood.
6. Tree lawns and protected sidewalks around the properties (as opposed to sidewalks at street edge).
7. Underground parking in excess of Denver’s required minimum to minimize on street parking.
8. An agreement to jointly petition the city to reconfigure the intersection at First to remove the pork chop turn lanes in favor of a safer entrance with pedestrian friendly walkways. Working with CCE, McKinnon will also propose a gateway at Bayaud with improvements for pedestrians and a completed bike lane.
McKinnon has also agreed to share building designs with us for comments and suggestions going forward.
We appreciate all of the community input we received over the many months that this project has been at issue. We are looking forward to seeing these projects completed in a way that benefits Cherry Creek across the board.
The Denver Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that City Council approve these projects.
2. 50 S. Steele. This project is no longer moving forward.
3. Village Center (NE and SE corners of Madison/Bayaud). This project is not currently active or before the CCEA board.
4. Design Overlays: So that future development will reflect the high quality of life CCE currently enjoys, we are working with the city to create a CCE Zoning Overlay for new commercial and residential construction. When and if adopted by the city, these new regulations would only affect new construction, not current properties, and would become part of the zoning code for CCE. Barry Lazarus is leading the residential overlay effort. Brooks Waldman and Bill Allen are leading the commercial overlay effort.
- The Garfield bikeway that will run from City Park to the Cherry Creek Bike Path has been approved. As a part of the plan, crosswalks will be installed at Garfield and Bayaud and Garfield and Alameda within the next two years. Bill Allen and Barry Lazarus have plan copies.
- The City is investigating a new zoning rule that would increase the allowed number of unrelated residents living in residential properties from 2 to 8 persons. A meeting seeking community feedback will be held Tuesday, 2.11.2020, 6PM at Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele St.