ASPEN REAL ESTATE – The Aspen City Council on Monday night tentatively approved by a 4-1 vote a settlement in a lawsuit between the city and the owner of the Wienerstube building that will result in the Aspen Art Museum moving to the city core. The decision came after seven hours of tense community debate and deliberation between the council. The discussion was highlighted by concern about the unusual process of what is essentially a land-use approval in the form of a settlement of litigation…“I don’t support a process that limits my ability to represent the best interests of the community,” Councilman Steve Skadron said. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the director and chief curator of the museum, argued that Aspen needs a public amenity such as the art museum in the downtown core, regardless of the process.“If it is before you as a settlement of litigation, then so be it,” she said. “Everything is not flawless.”
By Aaron Hedge, August 3, 2010 AT

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