Aspen’s Mesa Store Bakery building up for redevelopment |

Aspen’s Mesa Store Bakery building up for redevelopment

500 West Main Street Aspen, CO 81611
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times |

The proposed expansion and conversion of a historic building in Aspen to office space has cleared another hurdle.

The Aspen City Council at its meeting Monday decided to uphold an Oct. 12 decision by the Historic Preservation Commission approving conceptual major development, conceptual commercial design and special review of the building at 500 W. Main St.

The council could have called up the proposal for further review, but members said they supported Historic Preservation Commission’s approval of the project because it conforms with the land-use code.

Built in 1888, the 500 W. Main St. building was originally home to a grocery store before becoming Mesa Store Bakery. It now houses a yoga and pilates studio.

The building’s new owner, 500 W. Main St. LLC, which bought the property for $3.94 million on June 30, also plans to add a small residential unit in addition to the office space. The increased space will be added to the parking lot.

The Historic Preservation Commission also waived parking requirements for the project to preserve its historic integrity.

The project’s historic components — including its 1890 facade — will remain unchanged, Historic Preservation Officer Amy Simon told the council.

The entire project is 250 square feet below the maximum floor area of 6,000 square feet allowed for the lot. The commercial aspect will consume 4,500 square feet.

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