23-story project in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood will incorporate existing retail building

The development firm that recently purchased the Bonnie Brae Tavern and original Cherry Cricket properties is thinking big in the Golden Triangle.

Denver-based Alpine Investments, in conjunction with New Jersey-based Ironstate Development, wants to build a 23-story, 285-unit apartment building at the northwest corner of 11th Avenue and Cherokee St.

The 250-foot-tall structure would be one of a handful of projects, along with two being planned by Denver-based Urban Villages, to take advantage of the new maximum height included in new zoning for the neighborhood that city leaders approved last summer. That change has helped propel the neighborhood’s status as a hotbed for multifamily development, with both national and local players in the mix.

The new structure would replace a pair of small office buildings, at 1117 and 1129 Cherokee St. But it would incorporate the third structure currently on the site, a unique retail building known as Cherokee Row right on the corner whose tenants include Denver Pizza Co.

Alpine principal Churchill Bunn said the planned building would keep three sides of Cherokee Row’s brick facade, as well as the porches in front of each of the units. The space would continue to be used for retail.

The office building at 1117 Cherokee St. would be demolished. (Provided by Google Maps)

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