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Gorsuch hearing set for Monday, postponement possible

Staff report

The public hearing for the much-debated Gorsuch Haus is scheduled to continue tonight before the Aspen City Council.

In front of a packed audience, the council last discussed the proposal with developers and planners at its Feb. 13 meeting, instructing them to make a number of revisions.

Proposed alterations, which the Gorsuch team released Thursday, include reducing the project’s total size from 102,500 square feet to 84,500 square feet and cutting the above-grade floor area from 68,500 square feet to 59,500. Guest-room sizes also would be cut from 520 square feet to 420 square feet, while the 10,000 square feet of six residential units would be reduced to 8,000 square feet among four units.

Developer Norway Island LLC also has proposed widening the entrance to the ski-lift area and a larger turnaround circle. Those changes were made in response to concerns of Gorsuch Haus opponents who argue the lift area would essentially be privatized because it wouldn’t be readily accessible to the public.

The council’s meeting starts at 5. The Gorsuch Haus hearing is the last item on the agenda.

A memo from Deputy Planning Director Jennifer Phelan to the City Council suggests that the Gorsuch matter be postponed to a later date.

“Several aspects of the project appear to require restudy or more detailed information that will take time to assemble,” Phelan’s memo reads. “Therefore, staff recommends the application be tabled and re-noticed for a future date.”

The council will make the final call on Phelan’s recommendation.


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