Developer wants to transform lodge to 46 units of employee housing …Issues that boiled to the surface during the discussion not only included the proposed housing complex’s overall size and density, but also parking and the effects of a 46-unit building being added to a low-density neighborhood with a bicycle/pedestrian byway.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to recommend that the old Boomerang Lodge site on West Hopkins Avenue become an employee-housing development.Critics of the project packed the City Hall meeting room and aired their concerns during a 45-minute public hearing. They did not succeed in getting the commission to vote down or table the request by Steve Stunda to allow the lodge development to be transformed into affordable housing. But they did move commissioners to require that Stunda’s architect study ways to reduce the project’s overall size.Now the issue will move to the Aspen City Council, which has the final say. The project has received the blessing of the city’s Community Development Department and the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority.
By Andre Salvail, Dec. 15, 2010 Aspen Times

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