City Councilman Steve Skadron took a passionate approach toward the end of the talks by saying Aspen already has enough three-story buildings with more on the way, including the new Aspen Art Museum and the commercial building that is being planned for the vacant corner near Little Annie’s restaurant as well as the eight other penthouse applications that squeaked into the process before the council set the 28-foot maximum-height restriction. “I’ve been a more ardent supporter of this 28-foot building height not because I’m against three-story buildings but because we have them already,” he said in a comment directed toward Frisch. “And we have (more of them) coming.”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — There was no official vote, but the Aspen City Council on Monday night hammered out a land-use policy for the downtown area that seeks to deny developers the right to build new free-market residential units. Also during a three-hour discussion within a meeting that lasted more than six hours, the council signaled that it would make other changes to the municipal land-use code that sets rules for the two commercial districts in the town’s center. A majority of council members decided that exceptions to the recently instituted 28-foot height limit will be allowed only for lodging and other commercial uses, such as office or restaurant spaces.The 28-foot height limit will remain in place for all two-story buildings. The council also indicated that it wants to get rid of the first-floor prohibition on office space on the north side of Main Street. Offices already are located along that stretch of Main Street, having been grandfathered in. Removal of that prohibition will mean that those office properties will conform to the city’s land-use code.An official vote and another public hearing on the height issue and related matters is planned for the council’s Dec. 10 regular meeting.
By Andre Salvail, November, 27 2012, AT

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