City reverses Blue Vic alley decision |

City reverses Blue Vic alley decision

Aspen Times Staff

Alley access to the blue Victorian at Bleeker and North Mill streets will come off Bleeker, the City Council voted 4-1 Monday, reversing a March decision.Last month, the council approved subdivision of the property. Alley access to the historic home was to come via an existing driveway off Bleeker, and access to a newly created lot next to the Victorian was to come by building an alley off Monarch Street. Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss later asked for reconsideration of the decision; on Monday the council nixed the alley off Monarch. The Bleeker driveway will serve both lots.The Monarch alleyway is platted but was never built. Neighbors roundly panned developer Tim Semrau’s proposal to build it as part of his Blue Vic project.With Monday’s decision, both Semrau and Councilman Jack Johnson questioned what steps would prevent a future property owner – possibly the buyer of the newly created lot – from pursuing the Monarch alley to build a driveway despite the access off Bleeker. That issue was not resolved.A next-door neighbor has built off-street parking on Monarch where the controversial alley was proposed. That should go away if the council isn’t going to let Semrau create the alley, Mayor Helen Klanderud said.

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