Garfield County OKs No Name eatery
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Citing a need for jobs and economic development, the Garfield County commissioners on Monday approved a liquor license for the first-ever bar and eatery at No Name, by a vote of 2-1.
The new establishment, in a building that already is nearing completion, will be part of the Glenwood Canyon Resort, owned by Kevin and Kathleen Schneider, which is located three miles east of Glenwood Springs, near the western end of Glenwood Canyon.
But approval for the project was not unanimous, as Commissioner Mike Samson sided with a group of neighbors who indicated they had been surprised by the size and capacity of the planned facility.
“This would be a gross departure from the PUD,” declared Charles Donelan, a neighbor, referring to the Planned Unit Development approvals given to the resort in 2004.
The dispute was over a three-story building with an on-site manager’s apartment on the ground floor, a community center and patio deck on the second floor, and dormitory-style employee housing on the top floor.
Neighbors mainly objected to the sizes of the indoor portion of the community center, which has a capacity of 100 or so, and patio deck, which may accommodate up to 200.
A snack bar is being constructed in one corner of the deck, where beer and wine is to be served, and the interior space is expected to be the scene of occasional special events for guests at the resort, according to Kevin Schneider.
The neighbors said that four years ago, the owners represented the facility as a snack bar with seating for 20, and that was it, with a community center intended for social activities, according to the neighbors.
Eric and Shanley Mangeot, also neighbors, questioned how the present proposal could be so different from the original approvals.
“We have an ongoing problem with the applicants following their PUD, and a lack of enforcement by Garfield County,” said Eric Mangeot.
Samson, agreeing that the neighbors had a point, declared, “It appears to me that these people were under the distinct impression that this would not turn into a large facility.”
County planning director Fred Jarman, however, pointed out the limited seating at the snack bar, where the liquor would be served, and the fact that anything bigger than that would require a PUD amendment.
And the 2004 approvals specifically separated the snack bar with its 20-seat capacity and the community room/kitchen, meaning they both were contemplated by the developers and approved by the commissioners, Jarman said.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “I think it meets the requirements of the PUD.” He said the advent of the resort had led to a general cleanup of the site.
He later endorsed the proposal again, saying, “I have known Kevin Schneider … for a while … and can vouch for him being a good businessman.”
Jankovsky, himself the general manager of Sunlight Mountain Resort, added, “Being in the tourism business, a liquor license is an important part of your business.”
Acting county attorney Carolyn Dahlgren advised the commissioners that their powers in considering liquor license are limited. As for the issues being raised by the neighbors, she said, the county has “other powers,” such as zoning controls and the specific approvals contained within the PUD documents.
Samson, urging Jankovsky and Commissioner John Martin to delay a decision until they could gather more information, remarked, “I feel like some mistakes were made” in the original approvals and the representation to the neighborhood.
In the end, Jankovsky and Martin outvoted Samson and approved the liquor license.
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