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DENVER-Local urban pioneer developer Mickey Zeppelin plans to start construction on his 220-unit condominium project in the tony Cherry Creek area. He first planned the project, called the Greenhouse, because of a greenhouse once on the site, in the early 1980s.

But he put it on the back burner because of the poor economy caused by overbuilding and the drop in energy prices.

When he tried to resurrect the project, some neighbors said it was too dense, too big and out of character for the neighborhood and would bring too much traffic to the neighborhood. After Zeppelin conducted a traffic study that showed the project wouldn’t adversely impact traffic congestion, the city let him move forward.

Zeppelin also cut the number of units to 220 from 292 and lowered the height of one building to appease neighbors. Some neighbors, however, still don’t like the project.

Zeppelin is trying to bring more affordable housing to the area with the project. Units range in size form 700 sf to 2,000 sf and are priced from $160,000 to $600,000. More than half of them will cost less than $265,000.

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