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Base Village not limited to Snowmass Ski Area

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

With almost 700 condos, there is no doubt the proposed Base Village project in Snowmass is big.

But because the application from Intrawest and the Aspen Skiing Co. contains plans for six other parcels, the entire proposal is bigger than it may first appear.

The two companies, which have formed a partnership, will formally present their plans on Monday to the Snowmass Village Town Council.

They will describe the plans for the village itself, which includes 683 condos and 984,702 square feet of residential and commercial space on 15 acres at the bottom of the Snowmass Ski Area.

But the entire application also describes plans for six more housing sites with different mixes of free-market and employee-housing units.

Those plans boosts the total unit count to 1,266 and the total amount of new development to 1.2 million square feet.

Outside of the village, the largest amount of development is proposed for the 23-acre Sinclair Meadows site, which is on the hill behind the Little Red Schoolhouse on Owl Creek Road.

Intrawest and the Skico are proposing to create 24 single-family lots and 29 employee-housing units on the site, which is owned by the Skico.

The Sinclair Meadows project would create 53,412 square feet of free-market homes and 42,042 square feet of deed-restricted housing.

Past proposals for Sinclair Meadows have met with stiff neighborhood opposition.

“We don’t know what the discussion is going to hold,” said Paul Shepherd, a local Intrawest vice president in charge of the Base Village project.

The next largest proposed project outside of the village proper is for the Draw, a small undeveloped valley above the Conoco gas station, which is across the street from Base Village.

The town owns the Draw parcel, and Intrawest and the Skico are proposing that they build 100 units of employee housing there after a land swap with the town.

The proposed employee-housing project would add 82,670 feet of residential space to Snowmass Village.

The companies have proposed building two other employee-housing projects as part of the overall Base Village plan.

One would be a 36,000-square-foot seasonal-housing project next to the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District’s facilities near the Snowmass Club. Another is for 13,000 square feet of employee housing behind the Ridge townhomes off of Faraway Road.

And the project includes two other free-market projects. If the plan is approved, it would add 14 townhomes, for a total of 31,500 square feet, on the side of Fanny Hill, where the Skico currently runs two platter lifts for beginner skiers.

The Skico plans on building a new beginner’s area at the base of the Elk Camp section of the ski area.

And the company has proposed two single-family homes, for a total of 11,000 square feet, in the Melton Ranch neighborhood. That proposal, while relatively modest, is complicated by the fact that the proposed home sites are currently zoned as open space.

The Base Village proposal will be presented at a Town Council meeting Monday at 2 p.m. in the Fairway Conference Center at the Snowmass Club.

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