Fliers blast Aspen Club timeshares
A proposed 19-unit residential timeshare project at The Aspen Club and Spa has spurred an unusual move by the neighbors – a glossy, color flier that has been sent to registered Aspen voters to enlist their opposition to the plan.About 3,800 of the fliers were produced and distributed, according to local attorney Michael Hoffman, who represents The Right Development for Aspen Inc. The nonprofit is a committee of local residents and owners near the club who “think we need to limit what kind of growth is going where in Aspen,” according to the pamphlet.The flier includes a couple of detachable postcards. One is addressed to City Council members and allows the sender to weigh in on The Aspen Club proposal by checking “yes” or “no” to the question, Should City Council reject The Aspen Club’s plan to build a hotel in a residential neighborhood?A public hearing on the project is scheduled Monday before the council.”It’s kind of an unusual thing for Aspen to do this, but we need to shed light on this project,” Hoffman said.The development proposal is coming before the council in the off-season, when many Aspenites, including neighbors of The Aspen Club, are away and may not be aware of what is going on, he said.The flier says, “If our city officials can selectively ignore our land-use rules to let The Aspen Club expand to build timeshare hotel rooms, then what is to stop another developer from putting a time-share hotel in the middle of another residential neighborhood.”It goes on to say, “It’s time to draw a line in the sand: no development where it doesn’t belong.”The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the development, but two members who indicated they didn’t support the plan were not present for the vote, according to a staff memo to the council.The staff, in its memo, says The Aspen Club is not an appropriate locale for lodge rooms, and expresses concern that the club will become more exclusive in the long run. It currently caters to both locals and tourists.The Aspen Club proposal calls for 13 townhome units where its tennis courts are currently located, and six other timeshare lodge units above the existing club building. They would be sold in a combination of one-sixteenth and one-twelfth interests, creating a destination health facility. In addition, the club proposes a reconfiguration of its indoor facilities, including new fitness studios. A new outdoor pool would also be constructed.The development application also proposes 62 underground parking spaces, to be constructed beneath the existing club parking lot at the end of Ute Avenue, and eight on-site worker housing units.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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