“I can see the day when somebody’s going to come in here and say, ‘Gee, there’s a nice lodge, it’s a 12,000-square-foot lodge, it exists right now on some corner, I’m going to buy it, and it’s going to be my house because I can afford to do it,’” Ireland said. “And that is a catastrophe. You do not prevent that unless you say, ‘It’s not going to be residential here, guys.’”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Saying he wanted to end the pattern of “gun and puppy politics” that’s tainted negotiations between developers and the city in recent years, Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland on Monday night pushed for a resolution that sets a future tone of severe restrictions on free-market residential development downtown.Council members voted, 3-2, to approve the resolution and two of its Ireland-sponsored amendments, which in effect give Community Development Department staff the direction for crafting an ordinance that will create code changes to give the item’s intent the force of law…Ireland said several times Monday night that he’s tired of seeing developers propose third-floor penthouse projects with their commercial building applications while also threatening to take away some other community amenity if they don’t get their way. Luxury free-market residences are driving development downtown and in the zoned district immediately east of it to the detriment of the area’s vitality, the mayor argued.
By Andre Salvail, August, 28 2012 AT

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A three-story building proposed for an empty lot in downtown Aspen is part of a proposal that preserves the Little Annie’s and Benton buildings. The Benton building is on the right, in the right-hand sketch. Courtesy: AT and Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects