Decision says no for three story free-market residential projects

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — A 10-month-old Aspen City Council debate over downtown building heights was finally settled on Monday night as council members voted 4-1 to keep all new developments to 28 feet, or two stories, while only allowing a third floor for lodging units and related uses, such as a restaurant. In addition, three-story projects can only be built on the north sides of streets in the downtown area, which is composed of the commercial core and commercial districts. Also, a third story can be built only at half the size of the lower building’s footprint unless the council by special discretion decides to allow 100 percent.The new rules ban any new free-market residential development in the two districts.
By Andre Salvail, January, 15 2013 AT

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Aspen West Condo Penthouse:on W. Hyman Is this 2 or 3 stories? Under new ordinance, would it be legal or not?