City considers move for cabins
Several cabins from the Deep Powder Lodge might make a southern migration to Willoughby Park.
The city is looking at options for moving the buildings from the corner of East Cooper Avenue and South Aspen Street to the park, by the old Lift 1 terminus.
The cabins’ current site is part of a redevelopment of the new Limelight Lodge.
Although the cabins aren’t designated historic buildings, Aspen City Council saw value in preserving them, and the Limelight’s owners are willing to pony up $20,000 to help cover the cost of moving them to the park.
At a work session Monday night, historic preservation officer Amy Guthrie told City Council the buildings need a temporary home until they can be incorporated into a ski museum the Aspen Historical Society has long envisioned for the park. Plans for the museum are still in the works, but officials saw an opportunity to save the cabins by folding them into that plan.
Council is in the preliminary process of exploring how to come up with the $62,000 the move is estimated to cost (minus the $20,000 from the Limelight owners). City staff has not asked the historical society for a contribution, and council asked Guthrie to look into using fines collected from unauthorized alterations of a historic West End miner’s cottage. Guthrie told council she’s not sure how much money is left in that pool or whether it’s already earmarked for other projects.
Council members also must decide where to put the Deep Powder cabins in the short term. They were hesitant to place the buildings in the Willoughby parking lot, even temporarily, because the lot is used heavily.
Councilwoman Rachel Richards also began looking at potential snags in relocating the cabins.
“Do we need a temporary-use permit for our own property?” she said.
Wherever the cabins go ” somewhere in the park itself or the parking lot ” Councilman Torre said he wants to make sure they aren’t an eyesore for neighbors.
The proposed museum would be in the defunct Skier’s Chalet Steak House, located next to the old Lift 1 chairlift.
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