Denver sees building boom in Cherry Creek North area

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DENVER -- For more than a decade, Cherry Creek North—CCN—saw higher rents driving business away, but now all you see now in the area are cranes over the creek.

“We know the area needed to be updated,” said Mayor Mike Hancock. “The area contributes more than five percent of dollars to the city’s general fund, so keeping it robust is one of our main concerns. The new rezoning plans will help make that happen.”

There is a construction project on nearly every block in the district, which is bounded by 1st and 3rd Avenues by Steele and University. While driving is a bit tougher than normal, the area is still the place to be and be seen.

A big issue for the neighborhood groups, developers and city has been how tall buildings can be. Along first, buildings will be much taller, on second, about eight stories and south of third buildings will be stepped back from the curb, with curbside buildings limited to two stories to allow for sun on the north side of Third Avenue.

All of the plans worked out will now go to zoning and the Council before going to a vote. The hope is construction will continue to help make CCN the place people love to live, work and play.