The city had recorded permit and land use applications totaling $107 million through June 20, the most recent date available, compared to nearly $34 million through the same date in 2010. About $50 million or so of this year’s total represents work at the hospital. But even without AVH permits, it is still nearly double the permit value of a year ago.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Given the din of hammers and drills, and the skyline of scaffolding and cranes, Aspen appears to be back to its pre-recession ways, development-wise.There are at least seven major projects under way or about to be started downtown. Among them are the redevelopment of the historic building that houses Sandy’s Office Supply and Aspen Pediatrics; the old Cooper Street Pier space; the former Stage 3 theater site on Main Street; an overhaul at Spring and Hopkins, and the city’s facelift of the former Bentley’s at the Wheeler bar and restaurant. Also on tap are the Aspen Art Museum’s plans for new digs and the redevelopment of the property where the Wienerstube once stood.
By Chad Abraham, August 1, 2011 ADN

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Focal Point: Aspen arts projects drive new downtown construction activity: new proposed Aspen Arts Museum and Theatre Aspen facility

Proposed new Aspen Art Museum to break ground fall 2011. Drawing courtesy of

Theatre Aspen’s new tent and the redesign of John Denver Sanctuary opened summer 2011. Courtesy of