Decision time for Burlingame residents |

Decision time for Burlingame residents

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” For the more 100 residents living at Burlingame Ranch,Tuesday’s Aspen City Council meeting could shape their quality of lives in the future.

City officials have been in negotiations with the homeowners’ association at the affordable housing development across from Buttermilk for the past month, hoping to get the majority of them to agree to an additional 36 units to be built there.

In exchange for hiking the project’s density, the city has offered to eliminate a $60 per month transit fee from homeowners’ assessments; forgive $65,000 in debt owned to the city in transit fees, which are currently being deferred; increase the available parking from 1.67 spaces per unit to 2 spaces per unit; and turn the parking program over to the homeowners’ association administration, among other concessions.

Some residents say the negotiations are a form of blackmail. City officials say it’s simply the price they must pay as part of negotiations and compromise.

The majority of Aspen voters last fall approved up to 300 units at Burlingame rather than the originally envisioned 236. To increase the density, however, the city must first get approval from the Phase I homeowners.

The council is scheduled to discuss the proposal and Phase II of Burlingame when it meets at a work session Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. The council will take comment from the homeowners’ association, Burlingame residents and the general public.

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