Approval preserves chance for construction of Whole Foods building…“This comes back to the big question of does development pay its way?” said Councilman Pete McBride. “We’re picking up the slack left and right here.”

ASPEN BASALT REAL ESTATE — The Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night finalized the alterations needed to preserve a chance for construction of a Whole Foods Market at Willits Town Center. Now it’s up to the private sector to sink or swim.The council voted 5-0 to support the second and final reading of an ordinance that amends approvals for the Whole Foods Market building. The major provisions include shrinking the size of the store space from 44,000 to 25,000 square feet; deferring construction of affordable housing; and approving extra signs within the development for various retail businesses.The council also agreed to use $500,000 from town coffers to help the developer complete a roundabout at Willits Lane and East Valley Road. The developer will also be required to clean up what has evolved into an abandoned construction site. Representatives of the developer and owner asked for permission to use half of the estimated $146,000 in building fees to apply told the construction management plan, essentially using $73,500 due to the town to clean up the site. The council wouldn’t go for it.
By Scott Condon, August 24, 2010 AT

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