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Jerome renovations, master plan top agenda

Aspen Times Staff

The public will have a chance to comment on revised plans to renovate the Hotel Jerome at tonight’s Aspen City Council meeting.

Representatives for the hotel’s owners nixed the addition of three fourth-floor penthouse suites on the annex after the council showed disapproval for the additional height at its Nov. 27 meeting.

The hotel’s owners would still like to renovate the interior and add more than 2,000 feet of commercial space, much of which would be devoted to a basement spa. They also would like to amend an earlier requirement that 27 of the Jerome’s parking spaces be devoted to hotel employees.

At the Nov. 27 meeting, Councilman Jack Johnson also indicated he would like to see an effort to preserve the hotel’s historic interior. According to a memo to the council from the city’s community development director, the hotel’s owners have indicated they will address that issue at today’s meeting.

The council will also entertain public comment on the Civic Master Plan, a document seven years in the making that outlines proposed best uses for city-owned property in light of the city’s current needs and stated goals. The properties in question are in the city’s core, between Rio Grande Park and the base of Aspen Mountain, including Galena Plaza, the former Youth Center, the Wheeler Parcel adjacent to the opera house and the Zupancis property, between the county annex building and Concept 600.

Copies of that plan are available at the Community Development department in City Hall or online at http://www.aspenpitkin.com.

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