Steve Stunda, one of the partners in the project and the local representative for the development company, described the suit as “frivolous.” He said it marks one of many attempts over nearly a year to disrupt the approval process for his initiative…Stunda already had city approval, which he obtained in 2006, for a much larger lodge building on the site. The weakened economy and the city’s creation of a financial incentive program for private developers who build affordable housing led his group to change its plans for the property, which lies between Fourth and Fifth streets on West Hopkins Avenue, next to a pedestrian bikeway.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Opponents of the Boomerang affordable housing complex filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court challenging the recent Aspen City Council decision to move the project forward.The lawsuit claims a lack of due process concerning details the city’s Community Development Department drafted just a few hours before the July 25 public hearing and final vote on the issue. It also states that the council “abused its discretion and exceeded its jurisdiction” by rezoning the West Hopkins Avenue property where the 40-unit development would be located. The lawsuit asks for a court declaration that the ordinance allowing the Boomerang project is “void and unenforceable.”The plaintiffs are neighbors of the property.
By Andre Salvail, August 26, 2011 AT
Credit: AT, Old Boomerang Lodge view from W. Hopkins St looking towards Main St