ASV Aspen Street Owners LLC, represented by David Parker, of Bald Mountain Development, had sought City Council permission for a project involving three buildings in the vicinity of South Aspen and Juan streets. [Formerly, the location of planned and thrice Council rejected Lodge at Aspen Mountain site near the base of Aspen Mountain’s Lif 1A chairlift. See 04/03/10 AT article on new ownership for failed development project.] One building was designed as an 84,000-square-foot, 76-room hotel. Two other buildings were to contain 35 free-market condominiums. Also, space within the separate buildings was earmarked for employee housing.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Last week’s announcement that a developer was withdrawing its application to build a 76-room lodge on South Aspen Street doesn’t spell doom for the likelihood of a downtown hotel project, city officials said Friday. One of the council’s listed goals for the 2012-13 cycle is to work with the private sector to increase the number of hotel rooms — officials call them “hot beds” — in the downtown area. The Aspen Area Community Plan also stresses the need for more lodging in the city, given recent studies that point to a declining hot-bed base within the resort community. But near the end of the council’s Nov. 26 meeting, Parker said the project wouldn’t work from a financial standpoint because potential hotel operators have expressed the need for a tall building of five stories or higher. Some council members appeared willing to go to three stories, above the recently adopted 28-foot height limit that effectively limits new projects to two stories. Anything beyond three stories is viewed as a tough political sell to the community, officials have said.
By Andre Salvail, December, 3 2012 AT
Rendering of 2007 proposed Lodge at Aspen Mountain development project near the Aspen Mountain Lift 1A base. For more articles, see “Lodge at Aspen Mountain” search results at SearchEstinAspen