City Council will hold a first reading on the Lift One Lodge on Sept. 12, with the first public hearing scheduled for either Sept. 26 or Oct. 11.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – A major redevelopment for the base of Aspen Mountain cleared its second-to-last hurdle last week and awaits City Council consideration.The Lift One Lodge would bring new tourist accommodations to the east side of South Aspen Street near the base of Lift 1A. The lodge would have 22 timeshare condo units that could be broken up into 84 separate rooms. The plan, proposed by local developers Jim Chaffin and Jim Light, would also renovate the old Skiers Chalet Steak House and convert the Skiers Chalet Lodge into a museum run by the Aspen Historical Society.The project’s total size of 84,514 square feet — 77,010 for the lodge building, 4,320 for the museum and 3,184 for the steak house — is a 31 percent reduction from the plan’s previous iteration. The lodge building itself was cut back in size from 116,779 square feet. Those changes were made before the project began its final approval hearings before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in June. The project — in its larger version — won conceptual approval from City Council in 2009.
By Curtis Wackerle, August 29, 2011 ADN