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Aspen Council next stop for Lift One Lodge

Staff report
The Lift One Lodge development, to be located at the base of Aspen Mountain.

The Aspen City Council will be the next stop for the Lift One Lodge development proposal, which received final clearance last week from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The City Council is scheduled to decide in April whether it will call up the project for more review, according to Jessica Garrow, director of the Community Development Department. If it opts not to, the Planning and Zoning decision, reached by a 6-0 vote, will stand.

Last week’s decision — an approval for minor amendments to the developers’ application, came at the same time the City Council was across the hall approving emergency legislation forbidding the filing of land-use applications in Aspen’s commercial districts.

The moratorium, however, does not apply to the city’s lodging districts.

The Lift One Lodge development is controlled by brothers Aaron and Michael Brown and Los Angeles developer Jason Grosfeld. The trio previously received approval for a 77,000-square-foot lodge, which would include 84 hotel keys divided into 22 fractional-ownership units, five free-market units and an underground parking garage with 163 spaces.

The minor amendment sought to increase the lodge’s net leasable space from the previously approved 5,263 square feet to 23,676 square feet. The building’s footprint won’t change with the amendment.

The lodge would be built at the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain beneath the site for the planned Gorsuch Haus, a 75,000-square-foot, 61-room hotel.


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