The Aspen City Council remains a house divided on the issue of approval of Main Street’s Hotel Aspen expansion plans. Last night, they agreed to another continuance of discussion of the project until next Monday, Mar 17th. At issue is the precedent that could be established if this project is granted additional square footage allowances and height variances to the existing City land use code. The hotel site fronts Main Street, good for commercial, and backs up against Bleeker Street in Aspen’s Historic West End, a highly residential neighborhood. And therein lies the rub. There is a strong political will in the community to encourage smaller lodge development and expansion – primarily to encourage more affordable Aspen lodging for the mid-priced market – but that is counterweighed by the community’s insistence on maintaining and preserving the mass and scale of existing neighborhoods.
Link to article by Karl Herchenroeder, Mar 11, 2014 AT
Link to article by Curtis Wackerle, Mar 11, 2014, ADN
Hotel Aspen at 110 W. Main St, Aspen, CO