September 30, 2006
Today is eviction day for residents of the historic “Blue Vic” home. The property is slated for redevelopment.Shawn Gallus is a chef at Aspen’s Matsuhisa restaurant. He has been living in the historic blue Victorian on the corner of Bleeker and Monarch for a little more than a year. Gallus said the place has “great energy” and has been a fun place to live. He is disappointed he has to leave.
“If I could stay there, I would,” he said. But Gallus knew when he was moving in that his time there would be short-lived. Developer Tim Semrau’s development proposal has caused controversy during the past year.
The City Council granted Semrau the right to subdivide, and he plans to renovate the historic home and develop an adjacent parcel for commercial use. But there was a debate over alley access to the commercial building. Semrau’s application is before the city’s community development department.Blue Vic residents weren’t shocked by the move. Frias, the Aspen real estate company that manages the property, notified them in the spring.
“I’ve known since spring,” Gallus said. Since his lease ended in May, Gallus said, he and four other renters have paid rent on a month-to-month basis. Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.