The location puts Mountain Rescue outside of the bottleneck at the entrance to Aspen, where traffic is often clogged, the application notes. Most of the organization’s rescue calls come from beyond the entrance. In addition, the new site is close to the airport, which comes into play when rescues involve use of an aircraft, and a future traffic signal is planned on Highway 82 at the access to the site.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Mountain Rescue Aspen has proposed construction of a new headquarters of about 12,500 square feet on the outskirts of Aspen, allowing the all-volunteer organization to move out of a cabin on Main Street, which the group says it has long outgrown. A development application submitted to Pitkin County on Friday depicts a two-story building, about half of which is devoted to garage space, and an attached training tower containing a climbing wall. The facility, to be constructed at the present site of Planted Earth nursery on Highway 82, south of the Aspen Business Center, would be about three-quarters of the size of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department’s North 40 fire station, north of the business center.The new building would replace the small cabin where members can’t all fit in the team meeting room and a fleet of rescue vehicles, including three trucks, snowmobiles, ATVs and trailers can’t all be accommodated. They are spread among various locales, including members’ homes.
By Janet Urquhart, October, 13 2012 AT

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This rendering depicts the proposed new headquarters for Mountain Rescue Aspen, to be located on the outskirts of town along Highway 82. A development application for the facility was submitted to Pitkin County on Friday. Courtesy of Charles Cunniffe Architects.