DENVER — A prime piece of downtown Denver real estate where a developer once proposed to build an 81-story skyscraper — the tallest building by far in the city — has a buyer who’s well aware of the former plans for the site and has plenty of experience in large-scale projects.

On Friday, Denver-based Paradise Land Company sold its 25,000-square-foot parcel of land at 650 17th St. for $17.5 million, according to property records. Buzz Geller, managing partner at the firm, confirmed that deal to Denver Business Journal. He purchased the site in 2002 for $3.5 million.

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The buyer was Harbinger Development, a Boston-based firm with a number of projects in Beantown and across the East Coast, including hotels, office buildings and multifamily projects.

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