Decision on Power House next week
The Aspen Times
After fielding more than two hours of public discussion on the five applicants vying for the Old Power House, the Aspen City Council decided Tuesday that it will take a week to digest the feedback and expects a decision at the next scheduled work session.
The list of applicants includes the Aspen Science Center, the Red Brick, the Aspen Brewing Co., GrassRoots TV and longtime resident Paul Kienast. Councilwoman Ann Mullins said at the beginning of the meeting that no matter who the board chooses, there will be four unhappy applicants. Councilman Dwayne Romero described the decision as “amazingly difficult.”
“How can people connect with Aspen and establish their personal connection to Aspen?” Romero asked. “There’s a lot of wow here that we’re going to have to digest.”
The Red Brick, a nonprofit arts organization, is proposing the Powerhouse Center, a concept that would feature three community spaces: a performance auditorium that would seat about 160 people and two smaller spaces for community gathering. The nonprofit Aspen Science Center is proposing an educational campus that would feature a science discovery park, exhibit halls, learning galleries, a science store and a cafe. GrassRoots TV, a nonprofit television station, is proposing the Aspen Media Powerhouse. It would include an experimental media lab, performance space, a movie theater, video archives, a virtual art gallery and a research kitchen that caters to cooking demos and shows.
Aspen Brewing Co. and Aspen 82 are proposing to redevelop the Mill Street space into a multi-use structure consisting of collaborative workspace for freelancers and entrepreneurs, a live television studio, a brewery and restaurant and event programming. Kienast’s proposal features a new Taster’s Pizza, a cafe and event space for various groups in town.
Daily said the range of applications shows the “incredible imagination” the process has brought to the table and described the decision as tough. The work session is scheduled for Tuesday.
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