ASPEN REAL ESTATE — It was two steps forward and one step back for the Aspen Club, whose representatives went before Aspen City Council on Monday night seeking final approval for an expanded club and timeshare condo development east of town.But after more than an hour of public comment both for and against the project, and nearly three hours of debate, the council postponed making a decision and will again take up the subject at its May 24 meeting.Aspen Club owner Michael Fox is asking for the property at the end of Ute Avenue to be rezoned from residential to accommodate 20 timeshare condos and a 55,000-square-foot expansion for a healthy living retreat center called Aspen Club Living. The timeshare units would be comprised of 14 townhomes and six condos, as well as 12 affordable-housing units.The sticking points in this round of discussion — after three years in government review, Monday’s meeting marked the proposal’s sixth time before City Council since January — remained parking and traffic mitigation, scale and mass of the development, continuity of ownership, and the developer’s commitment to the community by means of reinvestment in the Club.
By Jeanne McGovern, May 11, 2010 Aspen Times

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