Downtown development returns to Aspen’s radar

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Five years into planning, the team in charge of redesigning one of the most prominent buildings in downtown Aspen is once again making changes in hopes that the City Council will approve its demolition.Mitch Haas, the land-use planner overseeing the redevelopment plan for the Mountain Plaza Building — located on the northwest corner of Galena Street and the Cooper Avenue Mall — plans to send a letter to city officials this week that outlines changes to the proposal.A public hearing is scheduled in front of the Aspen City Council April 26, but Haas and Mark Bidwell, the owner of the building, first want to see if officials are receptive to their changes.The last time the proposal was reviewed was in January, and the resounding message from council members and residents was that the impacts from construction would be too great at what’s been characterized as the premiere corner of downtown Aspen.Changes to the proposal mostly revolve around that issue, Haas said.
By Carolyn Sackariason, April 5, 2010 Aspen Times

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