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Dogs a maybe at Bavarian

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Some local workers vying for new units at the Bavarian Condominiums were dismayed to learn this week that they may not be allowed to have a dog there after all.

The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority had scheduled lotteries next week to select the winning buyers for the first phase of units in the new complex, an affordable housing project located at West Main and North Eighth streets.

Now, the drawings have been put on hold while bidders are notified that the “Pets Welcome!” provision in the advertisements for the units was incorrect.

The housing office was reminded by attorney Herb Klein, acting on behalf of a Bavarian neighbor, that the city’s approval of the housing project included a no-dogs provision. It can’t be reversed unless all of the future homeowners at the Bavarian vote to amend the covenants to allow dogs, which may be unlikely.

“I think 100 percent unanimous approval is probably difficult to get,” conceded Maureen Dobson, housing director.

“There are a lot of disappointed people about the dog issue,” said Ken Mayle, sales manager for the housing authority. “I’ve had several people call in who are upset about it.”

Bidders for the units will all be notified of the latest developments on the pet issue. They may remain in the lottery or withdraw, in which case they’ll receive a credit for each lottery they entered. There’s a $5 fee per bid.

“We thought the fairest way was to clarify what the rules are,” Dobson said.

Initially, the housing office intended to go forward with Monday’s lotteries as planned and let the winners know that dog ownership at the Bavarian isn’t automatic.

But, Dobson said, a number of people might not have submitted a bid had they known their ability to have a dog there is iffy. That would change the odds for everyone else in the lottery.

“The unknown is, we don’t know how many people would not have bid, had it said, ‘no dogs,’ ” she said.

Conversely, some people may have declined to enter a bid because they believed the complex would permit dogs.

At least one individual decided not to bid after the rules were clarified because he has a cat, but the issue of cats is still unresolved. The city’s approval is specific to dogs; whether or not other pets will be allowed is up to the project’s developers.

The bid period for the units will be extended while the condos are re-advertised for two more weeks. A new lottery date has not been set.

The initial bid period attracted 22 bids for two two-bedroom condos; 28 bids for five three-bedroom units and 13 bids for one one-bedroom condo that was built to accommodate a disabled resident. Any qualified bidder with a “permanent mobile disability” has priority status for the one-bedroom and one priority bid was submitted. That probably deterred others from bidding on the one-bedroom condo, which are typically in the greatest demand, Dobson noted.

The Bavarian is a privately developed project, required as part of the city’s approval of the Hyatt Grand Aspen hotel. The developers selected two three-bedroom units and one two-bedroom condo in phase one for their own employees. All of the phase one units are newly constructed.

Phase two, which is likely be be advertised next month, consists of units in the renovated Bavarian, the former lodge which fronts Eighth Street. It contains two three-bedroom units; two two-bedroom units and four studios. The developers will take one of the three-bedroom units and may select another condo, as well.

The remainder will be awarded through a housing office lottery. In all, the Bavarian contains 19 sale units.

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