Existing land-use codes — part of the the infill legislation that a different council configuration passed about a decade ago to encourage development — provide affordable-housing credits for “scrape-and-replace” projects in which a building is razed, Mayor Mick Ireland wrote.“This credit is allowed irrespective of whether the building to be destroyed ever provided housing or payment in lieu (of housing) for any employees,” Ireland said. “I suggest we amend the code to provide some credit for preservation of existing structures that are repurposed to more intense uses and that credits for ‘scrape-and-replace’ be limited to the actual mitigation provided for that building.”
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Aspen’s Community Development Department announced a new survey Monday to solicit ideas from the community about downtown building sizes and what would be an acceptable use for a structure to go higher than the recently adopted 28-foot limit that went into effect early this month. It didn’t take long for Mayor Mick Ireland to share his thoughts on the subject, though. During a City Council work session Monday, he beat his constituents to the punch, unveiling his vision for land-use code amendments designed to shape future decisions on new downtown projects. Ireland’s proposal calls for a strict no-build policy when it comes to third-story penthouse apartments. Luxury free-market residential spaces that tower over most other buildings have been driving downtown construction activity in recent years, a trend that has alarmed the mayor, some council members and others in the city.
Andre Salvail, May, 22 2012 AT
Downtown Aspen’s Bidwell Building at the corner of Galena and Cooper Streets.