Construction in Aspen allowed during holiday week
November 25, 2009
ASPEN – Acknowledging tough economic times and less demand for construction workers, the Aspen City Council agreed Tuesday to allow them to work during the holiday week.
For at least the past three years, the city of Aspen has prohibited any construction from occurring in town from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day.
The restriction is part of the city’s construction management plan, which was adopted by a previous council in response to once-rampant construction throughout town. Contractors and subcontractors have complained in the past that the restriction causes economic distress to them and their families during a time of the year when they need money more than ever.
City Engineer Tricia Aragon proposed to the council that construction activity be allowed during the holiday week outside of what’s been called the “central resort area.”
“The geographic boundaries mirror the expanded pay-to-park area,” wrote Aaron Reed, the city’s construction mitigation officer, in a memo to the council. “T