The City of Aspen wants to save the Little Annie’s and Benton buildings from demolition or significant alterations by allowing the development of the new building on the corner lot. But just how far the city is willing to go in terms of concessions to the developer on the new building’s size and design won’t be determined until the meetings early next year.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The Aspen Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on Wednesday gave conceptual approval to a developer’s plans for a three-story, mixed-use commercial building at the corner of South Hyman Avenue and East Hunter Street [in the heart of downtown Aspen]. The property is next to Little Annie’s Restaurant and the Benton Building. All three buildings would be developed by the owner, Aspen Core Ventures LLC. The proposed structure, as currently designed, would have 25,550 square feet of floor space with retail and office space for lease on the first and second floors. The third story would contain a 7,000-square-foot penthouse residence.
By Staff, Dec. 14, 2011 AT

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New development planned for empty corner lot to west (left) of Benton Building (center) and Little Annie’s Restaurant (right).