Hunt submits Hyman Avenue retail proposal |

Hunt submits Hyman Avenue retail proposal

Developer Mark Hunt has submitted plans to scrape and replace the pedestrian mall building at 411 E. Hyman Ave.
Jeremy Wallace |

Developer Mark Hunt has submitted redevelopment plans for one of his Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall spaces, which seeks to satisfy housing requirements through certificates, parking requirements through cash-in-lieu payment and a view-plane exemption.

The existing 1,500-square-foot space, located at 411 E. Hyman Ave., houses ground-floor retailer Magasin and a second-floor one-bedroom apartment. Hunt, who along with investors purchased the building for $2.5 million in July 2014, is proposing to demolish the structure, eliminate the free-market apartment and build a new 1,151-square-foot retail operation. The application was submitted to Aspen’s planning office Monday.

The structure would be 21 feet tall, which is within the commercial core zone district’s 28-foot allowance. According to the applicant, the new building would not be any taller than the existing structure, therefore the impact to the Wheeler Opera House view plane would be “minimal.” The application also cites the nearby Aspen T-Shirt Co. and New York Pizza structures as nonconforming buildings, stating that those two would stand at around 9 feet if they conformed to view plane.

“It seems obvious that the regulation should be amended to better reflect reality,” the application, which was filed by land planner Mitch Haas, states.

The existing structure generates 3.6 full-time employees, and the apartment houses 1.75 full-time employees. Because the commercial core no longer allows residential space, the unit is a nonconforming use.

Hunt plans to mitigate the loss of housing through affordable-housing credits. This would require the extinguishing of .875 Category 4 affordable-housing certificates.

The redevelopment would require that Hunt provide 1.15 off-street parking spaces, which he plans to mitigate through a $35,000 cash-in-lieu payment. Hunt also plans to make a $14,000 payment to satisfy a public-amenity requirement.

Though the building is located in the commercial core historic overlay zone district, it is a non-historic structure. In the past, Hunt has said a bakery would move into the new space, which is in line with conceptual drawings for the property. However, the application makes no mention of that proposed use.

The application will go before Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission, though no hearing date has been set. The Aspen City Council will have the option to review the plans, as well.

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