SC Acquisitions is seeking to purchase the Given Institute property from the University of Colorado for about $14 million. CU wants to complete the sale before the spring. The land was donated to the university in the early 1970s by the late Elizabeth Paepcke, the philanthropist who helped shape Aspen during its transition into modern times.CU holds a demolition permit on the Given building, built in 1972 by renowned architect Harry Weese. It was selected Thursday for Colorado’s 2011 Most Endangered Places List by Colorado Preservation Inc. There were 44 historic sites in the state nominated this year, but only six were selected for the list.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Over the course of three Aspen City Hall public hearings in January, plans to redevelop the Given Institute received a chilly reception from the public and most members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. The question of whether local residents or officials are about to warm up to proposals from would-be developer SC Acquisitions LLC may be determined on Monday evening. A special Aspen City Council meeting is planned for 5 p.m. to discuss new plans and counter-proposals between the city and representatives of the company. The meeting is expected to include a public hearing, to be followed by an executive session, on the latest round of negotiations on the controversial redevelopment of the 2.25-acre property.
By Andre Salvail, Feb. 5, 2011, Aspen Times
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