Officials urge City Council to save property, building: the university wants to sell the land to SC Acquisitions for $14 million to help improve its sagging finances, and had hoped to complete the sale before this spring. CU has a demolition permit for the 12,000-square-foot Given building and could choose to tear down the building and clear much of the land to make it more attractive to prospective developers.City officials have been negotiating with SC Acquisitions under Ordinance 48, which requires “a discussion of preservation options before a significant property can be altered or demolished,” according to city planners. HPC vice chairman Jay Maytin said Wednesday that Ordinance 48 discussions should be conducted with a property’s owner, not would-be developers with an option to purchase the land.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Approvals of retooled plans for the Given Institute property were not a given Wednesday as members of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission offered few kind words for the project.Now the proposal to subdivide the property into four separate lots — three of which would be high-end residential spaces, with the other lot containing the architecturally acclaimed Given building — heads to the City Council on Monday. Both commissions unanimously approved a recommendation that the council reject the developer’s plan as it currently stands.
By Andre Salvail, Jan.20, 2011 Aspen Times

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