Chart House owners seek to split property
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Owners of the former Chart House property have filed an application to split the parcel into two free-market lots, but residential use may not be its ultimate fate.
The application before the city proposes dividing the 12,000-square-foot parcel on the southwest corner of Durant Avenue and Monarch Street into two equal lots, with a 3,240-square-foot, single-family home on one and a 3,600-square-foot duplex on the other.
Two accessory dwelling units are proposed to meet the city’s affordable-housing requirements.
The residences are allowed under the current zoning for the property, according to James Lindt of the city’s planning staff. The LTR (lodge/tourist/residential) zoning would also permit a lodge or hotel on the site.
Restaurants are allowed as a conditional use in the LTR zone, but Herb Balderson, one of the property’s owners, quickly ruled out another dining establishment on the property after the Chart House closed its doors there last month. He said the existing building would be torn down.
“What we’re doing now is a stop-gap measure,” he said yesterday, regarding the proposed lot split.
Balderson, who owns the property with Joey Cabell, said the duo intends to sell the property, though it is not currently listed for sale.
A buyer may want to pursue something other than a single-family home and a duplex there – “maybe a small hotel,” he said.
Across the street, the vacant Aspen Manor lodge is slated to be replaced with a nine-suite timeshare hotel, the Dancing Bear Lodge, which won city approval just this week.
The Chart House opened in Aspen in 1961 and later became a national chain. It was owned by Landry’s Restaurant Inc., based in Houston, which acquired the Chart House chain last year.
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