“The upside of reviewing all the various applications for these properties over the last 10 years is that it gives us an answer to the question of ‘what do you do when you are not skiing,’” joked Chris Bendon, the city’s community development director.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – After nearly 10 years of land use review for the Lift One neighborhood, is this the final plan? The base of Lift 1A along South Aspen Street is where skiing originated in Aspen, but the neighborhood eventually became neglected. Today, it’s practically blighted. One of Aspen’s biggest land use struggles has played out on the eight acres, as separate developers have brought forward hotel proposals, been beaten back and revised their plans. But with the move by one of the developers to forgo building a hotel [Lodge at Aspen Mountain] and residence, and instead go with a previously approved plan to build townhomes and affordable housing, the drawn-out process appears to be nearing its end.
By Curtis Wackerle, Oct. 23, 2011 ADN Link to article
Rendering of proposed Lodge at Aspen Mountain by Poss Associates, architect