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Lift One Lodge moving to front burner in Aspen

Andre SalvailThe Aspen TimesAspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday may get its first crack at the final application for the Lift One Lodge, a 27-unit timeshare project planned for the foot of Aspen Mountain.Though the proposal is officially on the P&Z’s agenda for Tuesday afternoon, the discussion might be postponed, Bob Daniel of Roaring Fork Mountain Lodge-Aspen LLC said Friday. A decision on the possible delay is expected sometime Monday.”The city planning staff wants to double-check something relative to participation by P&Z members who are running for City Council,” Daniel said. Commissioners L.J. Erspamer and Cliff Weiss have filed petitions to run in the city election on May 3.The project has been moving through the city’s planning process since 2006. It has undergone several changes since the council gave it conceptual approval in late 2009. Late last year the project called for 35 units; plans have since been scaled down and the application today asks for approval of 22 timeshare units and five free-market units.The project also includes a restaurant, parking garage, affordable housing, public park improvements and a ski museum to be operated by the Aspen Historical Society. The total square footage for the lodge, eatery and museum is listed at 84,514, about 40,000 square feet less than what was proposed when the project won conceptual approval.”We did get conceptual approval from the council but there were some concerns raised by the council about a few things associated with the project,” Daniel said. “The changes that we made were in response to those concerns.”The development site on South Aspen Street between East Dean and Hill streets, just north of Lift 1A, includes five parcels of land, two that are city-owned and three that are privately owned. Roaring Fork Mountain Lodge has committed $600,000 for a new surface-tow ski lift running through the area to the Lift 1A terminal.The project is expected to generate about 38 jobs. Sixteen employees will be housed in the converted Skiers Chalet Steakhouse, one of two historic buildings on the site that will be rehabilitated as part of the development plan. The remaining employees will be provided housing within Aspen’s Urban Growth Boundary.asalvail@aspentimes.com


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