Limelite in spotlight today |

Limelite in spotlight today

Kimberly Nicoletti

The City Council will hold a public hearing today on the redevelopment of the Limelite Lodge.The project would contain 125 mid-priced lodge rooms and 17 free-market condos where the Limelite Lodge, Deep Powder Lodge and Snowflake Inn currently stand at Cooper Avenue and Monarch Street.But the height of the building slated to contain the condos has been a problem. On Dec. 13, the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the plans to City Council – with a condition. It suggested a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in the height of the condo building after listening to neighbors’ concerns about losing views of Aspen Mountain. The proposed project varies from about 25 feet at its lowest to 45 feet at the northwest corner. It’s up to council members whether to force the height issue.At the P&Z meeting, residents also voiced concerns about negative effects during the 18-month construction period, including loss of rent on neighboring units and truck traffic. Alan Bush said the project was “desperately needed” but said a parking garage opening to Hyman Street would increase traffic, and cars exiting the garage would shine headlights directly into his building at 210 E. Hyman.Kimberly Nicoletti’s e-mail address is

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