ASPEN REAL ESTATE — At the Aspen City Council’s first regular meeting of the year Monday, an issue that took much of the council’s time last year — three-story building development in the downtown area — will be revisited. Postponed at the council’s last regular meeting on Dec. 10 was a final vote on an ordinance that would ban free-market residential [penthouse] development in the downtown area and also put an end to three-story building projects — unless the top floor had a commercial purpose such as office space or lodging. Council members wanted to give City Attorney Jim True time to study the legal ramifications of an amendment offered by Mayor Mick Ireland that sought to allow three-story developments on only the north side of a street.After conferring with True and taking into consideration the council’s comments a month ago, the city’s Community Development Department will return tonight to discuss.
By Andre Salvail, Jan. 14, 2012 AT

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Bidwell Building in downtown Aspen Core.