Major redevelopment eyed for Boogie’s Building |

Major redevelopment eyed for Boogie’s Building

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times
The Boogie's Building sold for $27.5 million to a New York development firm that plans to expand the structure.
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The New York firm that bought the Boogie’s Building earlier this year has unveiled plans that include expanding its ground and second floors and vacating approvals to build a top-floor penthouse.

Thor 534 East Cooper Avenue LLC, which is associated with New York-based Thor Equities, filed what’s called a conceptual major development application with the city Nov. 25. The city’s Community Development Department is in the process of reviewing the application and has yet to set a date for it to go to before any boards, said Historic Preservation Officer Amy Simon.

In May, Thor bought the high-profile building, located at the corner of East Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street, for $27.5 million from Leonard “Boogie” Weinglass. Weinglass, who built the structure in 1987, unceremoniously closed his popular Boogie’s Diner in April. The Boogie’s clothing store downstairs remains open. The building also includes one affordable-housing unit.

Filed by Basalt planner Sunny Vann, the application states it will vacate prior approvals on the building once the current land-use application is approved. Aspen-based firm Poss Architecture + Planning also has been hired for the project.

“More specifically, the building’s ground floor will be expanded to include the unenclosed area abutting the Hunter Street sidewalk,” the application says. “Its second floor will be expanded to include the existing outdoor deck and the interior areas that are currently open to the ground floor below. Changes to the basement’s existing storage areas, the addition of three new elevators to address accessibility requirements, and the removal of the on-site affordable housing unit are also proposed.”

All told, the building’s net leasable area would be expanded to 13,374 square feet from the existing 9,895 square feet.

Under the city’s land-use code, the expanded building would generate 12.68 new employees, of which 7.61 workers, or 60 percent, would be entitled to housing provided by the new owner. The application seeks affordable-housing credits to mitigate the employees.

Thor also is offering a $104,400 cash-in-lieu payment for the 3.48 parking spaces that would be required with the new development.

The application notes that a decision won’t be made about the number of commercial tenants in the space until its building permit application is submitted. Depending on how many tenants are lined up, Thor could change the building plans, the application says.

The building’s glass facade also would be altered with brick and sandstone that would be consistent with the historic district in which the structure is located, the applications says.

“Painted steel elements and accents will provide a contemporary balance to the material palette,” the application states.

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