Project had experienced years of delaysThe Main Street property for the new building lies between Third and Fourth streets and was bought in 2003 for $6.3 million. It’s the site of the temporary center and the L’Auberge d’Aspen Lodge cabins. Most of the cabins will be removed and relocated.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Construction on the long-awaited Chabad Jewish Community Center of Aspen is likely to start in three to four weeks, Rabbi Mendel Mintz said Sunday…The new building will cover around 16,000 square feet of floor space on three levels: below-grade, ground floor and second story. The project will take about 18 months, Mintz said. In 2006, the Aspen City Council approved initial project plans that called for a 34,000-square-foot community center costing between $16 million and $17 million and taking up half a city block. Since then, the project has been delayed and scaled back, largely because of economic reasons, Mintz said. “The delay was partly related to the recession and also because our plans evolved and changed a bit,” Mintz said. “Thankfully we didn’t start construction (in the spring of 2008 as planned) because we would have been in some trouble. Now we’re in a position of financial strength and really excited going forward.”
By Andre Salvail, March, 19 2012, AT

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