A new look for the Innsbruck?
Conceptual plans to give the Innsbruck Inn a face-lift and expand the lodge won approval Wednesday from Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission.
The lodge, built in 1967, is not designated as a historic structure, but it is within the city’s Main Street Historic District, giving the HPC a say on building alterations.
The Innsbruck was purchased late last year by a group of investors who have proposed upgrades to the lodge. In addition, they will be proposing its conversion to a fractional project, selling the units in 17th shares, according to Mitch Haas, planning consultant for the owners.
The proposed expansion of the lodge will add a new wing on the west side of the building that mirrors the existing wing on the east end, he told the HPC.
The existing parking area in front of the building will be the new site of the pool and hot-tub facilities, along with landscaping. A band of stonework will replace stucco around the bottom part of the building and a new, metal roof is also planned, he said.
Extensive renovations to the building’s interior will turn 30 lodge rooms into 12 suites – 10 two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units. The ability to lock off some rooms will give the Innsbruck 22 separate units that could be rented.
The HPC lauded the conceptual designs.
“This is a very exciting project and wonderful improvement for the streetscape,” said member Valerie Alexander.
“Great project, needed desperately for the Innsbruck,” agreed the HPC’s Sarah Broughton.
Even neighboring property owners praised the plans.
“It’s a vast improvement, what they’re doing with this building,” said Jim Newkam, who’s family owns a house next door to the lodge.
The HPC panned only the proposal to create six head-in parking spaces off Second Street, next to the lodge.
The owners want to eliminate the parking in front of the building, since it forces motorists to back out onto busy Main Street, Haas said.
HPC members urged the developers to simply retain parallel parking on Second Street.
The lodge plans go next to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
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