Rezoning request, redevelopment possible for closed Whole Foods site in Cap Hill

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The 20,500-square-foot building at 900 E. 11th Ave. has been vacant since Whole Foods exited last year. (Thomas Gounley)

The future of the shuttered Whole Foods site in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood may involve a rezoning request.

The owner of the 900 E. 11th Ave. property, where Whole Foods operated for years up until last November, plans to discuss possible redevelopment of the site with community members next month, according to neighborhood association Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods.

Property owners typically meet with community members before submitting a rezoning request to the city. Rezoning requests ultimately must be approved by City Council.

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A sign left by Whole Foods on the building’s front door reads: “We love you and hope to be back soon!” (Thomas Gounley)

The 20,500-square-foot former Whole Foods on a 1.28-acre lot is owned by Midtown 900 Associates, which is controlled by Antonoff & Co. Brokerage founder Gary Antonoff.

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods posted on its Facebook page last week that Antonoff will discuss redevelopment of the site “into a mixed-use residential and commercial building” at a 6 p.m. meeting on Oct. 9 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, at 915 E. 9th Ave.

According to the neighborhood association, “Part of the proposal is to rezone the property from the existing GMS3 to GMS5 to allow an increase from 3 stories to 5 stories and to modernize the retail component to attract a tenant back to the site.”

The existing building is two stories at its tallest point. There is no residential component to the site.

Reached for comment Friday, Antonoff & Co. CEO Doug Antonoff, Gary’s son, declined to comment further on the possible changes, but confirmed the association’s description of what will be discussed at the meeting.

Antonoff said Whole Foods’ lease for the space is still active, and declined to say when it is set to expire.

Asked if Whole Foods is interested in remaining a tenant at the site if it is redeveloped, Antonoff said he did not know, as he hasn’t formally approached the company because the possibility of redevelopment still is being explored.

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