Museum and mixed use building offered as settlement to lawsuit

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – The Aspen Art Museum revealed the design for a new downtown building Wednesday that is offered as a settlement to litigation between landowners and Aspen City Council.The museum is proposing a 30,000-square-foot facility — 22,000 above grade — for the corner of Spring Street and Hyman Avenue, the current site of the Wienerstube restaurant and Ajax Bike and Sport. An ordinance approving both the settlement and the land-use application will be before City Council for a first reading at Monday’s meeting and is scheduled for a public hearing and potential approval at the Aug. 2 meeting. The announcement was made at a press conference Wednesday with representatives from the city, the museum and the landowners.The proposal — which has been discussed over the last months in closed-door executive sessions — also includes a neighboring three-story mixed-use building of about 15,000 square feet which would be built in the current parking lot to the west of the Wienerstube restaurant.
By Curtis Wackerle, July 8, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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