Developer eyes lot at Clarks Market |

Developer eyes lot at Clarks Market

Charles AgarThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado
This rendering shows the proposed free-standing building on the northern edge of the Trueman Neighborhood Commercial Project home to Clarks Market and other businesses. (Contributed artwork)

ASPEN The corner of Puppy Smith Lane and Mill Street in Aspen could see a new 25,000-square-foot commercial/residential building that would eat up nearly half of the parking spaces near Clarks Market.While the proposed building includes underground parking, if approved, the project would mean a net loss in public spaces from 112 to 60.Puppy Smith LLC, represented by Sunny Vann of Vann Associates LLC, went before the citys Planning and Zoning commission on Tuesday requesting conceptual approval for the new, free-standing building on the northern edge of the Trueman Neighborhood Commercial Project, which is home to Clarks Market, Ace Hardware and a handful of retail outlets.Puppy Smith LLC owns the Clarks Market building. If approved, the 25,988-square-foot building would be divided three ways among commercial, residential and affordable housing space: 7,982 square feet of commercial space; 8,886 square feet of free-market residential, and 9,120 of affordable housing, according to Jason Lasser, special projects planner with the citys community development department.At Tuesdays conceptual hearing, Vann agreed to an extra affordable housing unit nine instead of eight as well as five free-market homes, Lasser said. Members of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission continued their discussion to March 18.The building would mean some 26 subgrade parking spaces that would be divided among new tenants and current tenants of some 18 affordable housing units above Clarks Market.Lasser stressed that, by code, the new build requires just 76 parking spots, and the proposed 86 spaces are above and beyond.Final approval would require a subdivision application to create a new 111,184 square-foot lot where the building will stand, Lasser said.The proposed building sits in the neighborhood commercial zone, a transitional zoning area between the commercial core and residential area. Neighborhood commercial zoning encourages mixed commercial and residential use and allows for anything from restaurants to lodging.As part of the approval, however, the developer needs to earn conditional use to have ground-floor affordable housing, Lasser said.The zoning is approved for 28-foot-high structures, but with special review, Lasser said, the building could go as high as 35 feet. Theyre asking for 32 feet in two stories above grade.Lasser said officials are not yet concerned with architectural features, but in the early stages focus just on the scale of the building, whether it matches the topography, as well as building orientation and pedestrian access.Once reviewed by P&Z, the application will go before the Aspen City


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