Aspen City Council poised to approve $212,206 study
With the goal of finding new homes for various city departments, the Aspen City Council is expected to approve a $212,206 study during the consent-agenda portion of today’s meeting.
The Aspen Police Department headquarters, the Aspen Art Museum and the Mountain Rescue building have been identified as priorities for 2014. The Art Museum and Mountain Rescue are expected to vacate their spaces this year, while city officials expect the Aspen Police Department to vacate within five years.
A memorandum to the council states that both the police and housing departments will need new permanent homes. Project manager Jack Wheeler said another priority is to move a few departments from rental facilities to city-owned properties. The Engineering, Building, Canary Initiative and Water departments all need new homes, he said.
Final results for the analysis, which would be done by Denver-based RNL Design Inc., are expected in November, though project managers will be checking in with the council throughout the year on the progress of the spaces.
Aspen City Council approved a contract with Daniel Joseph (DJ) Watkins during Tuesday’s regular meeting to move forward with his intentions to operate his proposed “Aspen Collective,” which is currently occupied by Mia Valley’s Valley Fine Art.