Intrawest, S’mass council try to narrow down commercial space |

Intrawest, S’mass council try to narrow down commercial space

Intrawest representatives focused on the amount of commercial space planned for Base Village in a public meeting with the Snowmass Village Town Council Monday night.

Following a request from the Town Council last month, Intrawest has focused its efforts on discerning just what will be the most effective amount of commercial space in the project. The figure company officials reached is between 61,500 and 65,000 square feet.

Michael O’Connor, Intrawest vice president of development, said he was optimistic the figure was accurate and would lead to success if Base Village is approved.

“We absolutely think this can happen,” he said. “And we hope you do, too.”

O’Connor also read a statement from Intrawest that expressed complete confidence in the numbers.

“[The] partnership is willing to back up this number by investing over $30 million in the commercial program alone, and over one half billion for the entire project,” he read.

Intrawest and Aspen Skiing Co. are partners on the project, which originally was comprised of 635 condos, 10 townhomes, 180 employee units, 184,000 square feet of nonresidential space (including between 50,000 and 70,000 square feet of restaurants and retail) and parking for 1,100 cars around the base of Fanny Hill. It also included 20 homesites in nearby Sinclair Meadows.

Those figures, however, changed after the Town Council encouraged Intrawest to reduce the project’s overall size.

Residential square footage and the height, mass and density of the project ” a focus of contentious public debate over the past several months ” will be discussed in detail next week.

Snowmass Village Mayor T. Michael Manchester was pleased with the projected size of commercial space.

“I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “It comes as a package to me, and it feels like a nice balance.”

A final decision on the project may still be months away.

The next public meeting will be held Monday in the Cabaret Room of the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass Village.

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