Burlingame finalists down to 3
Three locally based teams are still in the running to design and build Aspen’s Burlingame Ranch affordable housing project.On Nov. 8, the City Council hopes to choose a winning team from among proposals from Fenton Construction of Aspen, Shaw-Poss-DHM of Aspen and Bald Mountain Development, based in Old Snowmass.Eliminated from further consideration on Monday were proposals by Amako Parkhill-Ivins of Golden and Jonathan Rose Companies of Denver.All five teams presented their ideas for Burlingame Ranch to the council a week ago and council members had praise for all of them.”It’s a pleasure to choose from better, better and best,” said Councilman Tim Semrau.The three finalists were the top picks for Semrau, Councilman Torre and Mayor Helen Klanderud. “In summary … I think each of the three teams had a unique take on the project,” Torre said.”I also found those three present something that goes along with our goals,” Semrau agreed.Council members have asked city staffers to make various comparisons between the finalists’ proposals to help them select a winner.Councilwoman Rachel Richards alone lobbied to include the Jonathan Rose design in the final cut, as well. Councilman Terry Paulson refused to offer his input into the selection process, calling the decision premature while opponents to Burlingame are circulating petitions to put the project back before voters.Paulson is siding with the opposition group.”This is proceeding forward as though that petition was nonexistent. I find that even more distressing,” he said.”I’d say we’d be shirking our duty by not making a decision,” Semrau countered. The city would get nothing done if it stalls every time the threat of an initiative petition arises, he said.The Zolines, owners of the neighboring ranch and partners with the city in a preannexation agreement that sets parameters for the affordable housing, endorsed the proposals from Bald Mountain, Shaw-Poss-DHMand Amako Parkhill-Ivins, in that order.An advisory group of development professionals put together by the council to sift through the proposals picked the three design teams favored by the council, though assistant city manager Ed Sadler declined to divulge the group’s top choice.The public’s choices also mirrored the council’s. Citizens had an opportunity to offer their input while the design proposals were on display at the Pitkin County Library.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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