It’s D-Day for Aspen’s Lift One plan
December 8, 2008
ASPEN ” Monday is decision time for the Aspen City Council, which is expected to vote on a plan that would completely overhaul the base of Aspen Mountain’s west side.
The Lift One Master Plan proposes 300,000 square feet of residential and commercial space along South Aspen Street. Centurion Partners and Roaring Fork Mountain Lodge-Aspen LLC are individually proposing two hotels, affordable housing, restaurants, retail space and public amenities on an 8-acre site in what’s known as the Lift One neighborhood. Also partners in the plan are the city of Aspen and the Aspen Skiing Co.
The plan was born from six months of work by a 27-member task force made up of neighbors, skiers, residents, elected officials and developers. The group in September voted 19 to 1 in favor of recommending that the council approve the land-use application.
But whether the council says yes on Monday remains the half-billion-dollar question, which is roughly what it will cost to build the project.
Mayor Mick Ireland, who served on the task force along with City Councilman Dwayne Romero, said he wants the council to consider voting in favor of the project with the condition that it be taken to a public vote.
Developers John Sarpa, representing Centurion Partners, and Bob Daniel, representing Roaring Fork Mountain Lodge-Aspen LLC, have requested the council make the final decision on the plan.
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Sarpa said, with 90 percent of the task force agreeing on it, as well blessings from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission and Aspen planning staff, it’s time for a definitive decision.
“The expectation was that the decision would and could be made at the council level,” said Sarpa, who with Daniel agreed to work with the task force and let the group mold their projects into a master plan.
Monday’s public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, and is expected to be a marathon meeting. The regular council meeting is scheduled to resume again at 5 p.m. and could go on for hours before a decision is made.
For more information about the master plan, log onto http://www.aspenpitkin.com/dept/41/liftoneMP.cfm