Aspen council cancels Lift One question |

Aspen council cancels Lift One question

John ColsonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN The Aspen City Council on Monday voted unanimously to cancel the ballot question that would have asked voters May 5 to approve or reject the massive Lift One Master Plan to redesign the base of Aspen Mountain.The vote followed a decision by Mayor Mick Ireland, at the request of developers Centurion Partners and the Roaring Fork Lodging Co., to propose killing that ballot issue, as Ireland termed it Monday night. It also followed a survey conducted by Centurion indicating the public would have rejected the plan at the polls.At Mondays council meeting, Bob Daniel of the Roaring Fork Lodging Co. said his firm would separate its planning effort from that of Centurion. Daniels firm hopes to build a project called the Lift One Lodge, while Centurion is planning the much larger Lodge at Aspen Mountain. Both are planned at the end of South Aspen Street.Daniel told the council that as things stand now, the proposal does not allow us to control our own destiny.Centurions John Sarpa said he hoped the master planning process could continue, with talks among the developers, the city and the projects detractors.One of those detractors, community activist Les Holst, said he would like to see it go away, so I would like to see the vote take place.Holst also demanded that the developers, who have demolished some of the older buildings in the development site, be required to clean up the site.Its a terrible mess up there, Holst complained.Ireland said the city does have rules in place to require the clean-up. The council then voted unanimously to cancel the ballot

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