The neighbors have raised parking as a negative of the project, as even with the on-street spaces, there is just one space per apartment. Since some of the households are bound to have more than one car, in addition to guests visiting the building, the parking situation could overwhelm the block, neighbors worry.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Attorneys representing neighbors of the stalled Boomerang project have appealed a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) decision that recommends converting the project from a lodge into affordable housing. The appeal, which City Council will hear at Monday’s meeting, challenges the way the city is reviewing parking for the project, which would have 46 one-bedroom employee housing apartments and 47 parking spaces, 13 of which are on public property. The appeal was filed by Jody Edwards of the firm Klein, Cote and Edwards on behalf of Stephen and Cheryl Goldenberg, Dan Verner and John Staton, who all live within 300 feet of the project. Boomerang developers lost their financing two years ago and were unable to begin construction on the redevelopment of the historic lodge at Fourth Street and Hopkins Avenue, which was approved in 2006. The developers, represented locally by Steve Stunda and tied to East Coast real estate investment firm Alex Brown Realty Group, are planning an underground garage with 33 parking spaces. They also have a city waiver from the previous hotel approval granting exclusive rights to 13 on-street parking spaces adjacent to the property in the city right-of-way.
By Curtis Wackerle, Jan. 7, 2011 Aspen Daily News