Aspen homeowners seek to subdivide
October 12, 2010
ASPEN – The owners of a home listed with the city of Aspen as a potential historic resource want to subdivide the property to build separate residences on it.
In 2007, the lot at 1102 East Waters Ave. was placed on a list of properties more than 30 years old that the city was considering for historic preservation.
The list was part of an emergency ordinance approved by the City Council; it was later replaced by Ordinance 48, which allow the listed property owners to apply to alter or demolish the respective buildings.
The property owners can ask for a list of negotiable incentives in exchange for voluntarily designating their properties as historic resources. The City Council at the end of August asked staff to amend the ordinance to make designation voluntary after hearing numerous concerns from the public.
The application for the subdivision – filed by property owners Susan Griffin, Bonnie Grenney and William Geary – asks that the property be designated a historic landmark. But the owners want to build at least one other building, either a single-family home or duplex, on the site. There are no plans to demolish the existing building.
Renowned Aspen architect Fritz Benedict, who designed the entire layout of the neighborhood, also planned the home. The building, a low-sitting mountain chalet, became a model for mountain ski resort architecture after it was built.
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The proposed subdivision will be subject to a stream-margin review because the lot is near the Roaring Fork River.