Holland House sells for $5.4 million
A trio of area developers has purchased the Holland House ski lodge on South Aspen Street for $5.4 million, according to documents filed Monday with the Pitkin County clerk and recorder.The dePagter family, longtime operators of the lodge, sold the property to a partnership involving David Wilhelm, Jim Chaffin and Jim Light, all players in the development of the Roaring Fork Club golf and residential project in Basalt. Chaffin and Light at one time owned much of the land at the base of the Snowmass Ski Area.They are pursuing ideas to redevelop the property, according to Bob Daniel, who is working with them after helping develop the base of Aspen Highlands as vice president with Hines.The lodge, one of Aspen’s oldest, is in the heart of what was the original base area for Aspen Mountain – on the Shadow Mountain side, near the terminus of the first lift to carry skiers up the slopes. It was reported last summer that the lodge was under contract to be sold.It is one of several properties along South Aspen Street that are being eyed for hotel redevelopment.”One of the things we’re looking at is trying to come up with a project that meets the goals of the recently adopted lodge district zoning,” Daniel said.Yasmine dePagter, who, with her husband, ran the lodge after her parents retired from its day-to-day operation, voiced excitement about the future of the property.”We feel very positive about it. We feel really good about what they’ve been talking about,” she said. “I think it’s going to be good for the town.”The Holland House is located near the now-closed Skier’s Chalet, an old lodge that is also the focus of a redevelopment plan, and across the street from the proposed Lodge at Aspen Mountain, a large, high-end hotel that is currently before the city for conceptual review. Some of the units at the Lodge at Aspen Mountain are slated to be sold in fractional shares.Replacement of Lift 1A at the top of South Aspen Street is proposed as part of the Lodge at Aspen Mountain project.Dutchman Jack dePagter founded the Holland House when he began renting rooms in a house he purchased shortly after his arrival in Aspen in 1949.That house has been relocated. Part of the building that replaced it was constructed in 1956 and ’57; it expanded in 1963-64. Yasmine and husband Jack Simmons successfully appealed to the City Council in 2003 to have the city’s historic designation removed from the Holland House, so it is not protected from demolition.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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