Though city bureaucrats said the proposal to demolish and expand Hotel Aspen is headed in the right direction, planners still are concerned about the project’s overall cumulative floor area and the sizes of its the free-market residential units, according to a memorandum to the Aspen City Council.
The council is expected to grant the project a second continuance at its regular meeting Monday, so that the applicant and planners can continue to make progress.
Original plans called for four free-market residential units in the form of two duplexes, sized at 3,275 square feet and 3,675 square feet. The most recent plan reduces the number of free-market units from four to three, increasing the net liveable area for each individual residential unit to 5,000 square feet.
“Staff recommends that City Council continue the hearing with direction for the applicant to reduce the net livable size of the free market residential units and reduce the overall cumulative floor area proposed for the site,” the memo states.
The council also has the option to approve the plan as is, though a continuance is likely.