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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Snowmass Discovery discuss potential partnership in Base Village

Snowmass Discovery and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies have joined forces to explore potential opportunities to collaborate under one roof in Base Village.

The two nonprofits established this working relationship and their plans to address the possibility of a long-term partnership inside Building 6 at a Snowmass Town Council work session Monday.

Building 6 is a part of the Base Village development designated specifically for community use, said Snowmass Town Manager Clint Kinney.

The developers agreed to construct and dedicate the building to the town of Snowmass as part of the project's approval.

“We’re excited about the opportunity. We just need to make sure that when we present it back to the (ACES) board, we have all the boxes ticked.”Michael CarricarteAspen Center for Environmental Studies board member

The idea behind a community use building is for the town of Snowmass to be able to "really contribute to the vitality of Base Village," Kinney said.

While the town has not yet determined what this will entail, Snowmass Discovery "has always been the front-runner for a science center," the town manager said.

Snowmass Discovery, which hopes to operate an ice age museum inside Building 6, approached ACES early last fall inquiring about a possible partnership.

At Monday's work session, ACES Executive Director Chris Lane and board member Michael Carricarte expressed their desire to work with Snowmass Discovery to determine whether a long-term partnership is feasible, "fiscally sound" and align with the 49-year-old organization's values.

"We want to make sure we can do it right," Lane said.

To reach such a conclusion, ACES requested that the town allow them six months of due diligence, to which the town obliged.

"We're excited about the opportunity," Carricarte said. "We just need to make sure that when we present it back to the (ACES) board, we have all the boxes ticked."

As a whole, the Town Council seemed pleased with ACES' interest in a partnership with Snowmass Discovery and the town.

Snowmass Town Councilman Bob Sirkus said he is "happy we're making progress" and looks forward to meeting again with ACES and Snowmass Discovery in six months.

"I think that was a strategic move and one that was very sharp on your part," Mayor Markey Butler said to Snowmass Discovery Executive Director Tom Cardamone and Chairman John Rigney at the work session, regarding their efforts to reach out to ACES.

"I'm glad ACES came," Markey said. "The open communication is really critical."