Developer scoops up Cherry Creek strip

A developer recently purchased a retail strip in Cherry Creek. Photo by Burl Rolett.

A developer recently purchased a retail strip in Cherry Creek. Photo by Burl Rolett.

A year after cashing out on a major Cherry Creek office building, a West Coast developer is buying back into the neighborhood.

Seattle-based Schnitzer West bought 0.3 acres near Fillmore Street and 2nd Avenue this month for $4.88 million.

The deal closed on Jan. 1, city records show. The property includes a retail strip at 250 Fillmore St. and the vacant former Kazoo Toys store at 262 Fillmore St.

The company declined to comment on its plans for the land. But in a conceptual plan submitted to the city of Denver in October, the firm outlined a four-story office and retail development.

That plan, which has not been approved, called for 30,000 square feet of office space with 4,800 square feet of ground-floor retail.

The plot currently hosts apparel shop Division West, mattress store Essentia and Polished Nail Boutique & Beauty Lounge in a roughly 5,000-square-foot retail building. According to the plans Schnitzer West sent in last year, that building would be demolished to make room for redevelopment.

Schnitzer West is no stranger to Cherry Creek real estate. The company owned First Avenue Plaza at 44 Cook St. for about six years before selling the two-building office complex last year for $75 million. They paid $52 million for the property in June 2008.

Should it move forward on a redevelopment at the site, Schnitzer West will join a building boom with more than 200,000 square feet of office space under construction in Cherry Creek.

The Pauls Corp. is building 149,000 square feet of office space at 100 Saint Paul St., and Western Development Group is working on another 89,000 square feet at 200 Columbine St.

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