City OKs Aspen Club overhaul |

City OKs Aspen Club overhaul

Aaron Hedge
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Michael Fox breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday afternoon as the Aspen City Council, by a 3-1 vote, approved his application for a massive expansion of The Aspen Club, ending a three-year battle that roiled the community.

Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland was the sole dissenter, citing concern about the development’s ability to provide a number of community benefits and what he said was a lack of consequences should it fail to do so.

“There just aren’t adequate assurances here,” Ireland said before the three remaining councilmen cast their affirmative votes.

Steve Skadron, who had voiced skepticism about the expansion in previous hearings, said in the meeting that, with a few minor amendments, Fox’s final application was adequate.

The decision was made after two-and-a-half hours of debate over a new clause the council asked Fox to insert into the application that guarantees a monetary incentive to the community.

Twenty timeshare condominiums, 12 affordable housing units and a 50-space underground parking garage will be added to the club, adding about 100,000 square feet to the existing structures. Residents will pay a special fee that will create a community fund to support health and wellness ventures in Aspen.

Community benefits outlined in the new clause include a continuation of social event services, training for disabled patrons, free office space for local charities and services for high school graduation, among others.

The application stipulates that, along with the expansion, $5 million must be dedicated to maintaining existing equipment and facilities.

It will also bring an improvement project for Ute Avenue, on which The Aspen Club sits.

Councilman Torre recused himself from the discussions because he is a tennis trainer at the club.

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