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New Snowmass Town Hall not ready yet

Madeleine Osberger
Snowmass Village correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” The new Snowmass Village Town Hall will likely make its official debut in 2008, as construction delays are keeping staffers from moving into the new quarters until after the holidays.

Last weekend’s snowstorm didn’t contribute to the delay, according to superintendent Mike Heald, an employee of contractor R.A. Nelson. Rather, some elements of the 19,000-square-foot building simply aren’t finished. One is the elevator.

The project also awaits a part for the boiler, and the absence of the boiler equipment has meant that neither tile nor linoleum can be laid.

The snowmelting equipment for the road is also inoperable until the boiler is up and running. However, just adjacent to the vehicular road is a paved sidewalk that’s ready for walking.

Most of the rooms in Town Hall have also been textured and painted, though there are a few areas where the walls remain bare.

On any given day, between 18 and 30 subcontractors work in the building on everything from installing insulation to setting tiles. Upon completion, the public building, located uphill from the town’s current quarters in the Snowmass Center, will house the entire town staff, including the marketing and sales departments, police department, management and administration. Exclusive of land costs, the project is hovering around the $9.2 million mark. The town is currently paying more than $200,000 annually in rent.

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Employees will remain in their current Snowmass Center digs until 2008, which is a change in the original plan. Still, Jason Haber, economic resource director for the town, said everyone appears to be taking the delay in stride.

“We’re still looking for completion prior to the holidays,” Haber said. “Rather than pushing it, we’re looking at getting in after the first of the year. We’re excited about it,” he said.