New townhomes razed, but materials recycled
Six townhouses on Meadows Road in Aspen’s West End neighborhood, which were purchased by one man only so they could be demolished to preserve his views, are now being deconstructed so that the building materials can be reused.
The proceeds from the sale of lumber and other materials will benefit the Aspen Junior Hockey Club and Resource 2000, a nonprofit organization in Boulder.
Building materials from the houses will be available at a sale in Silt next month.
The Meadows Townhomes, which are located on a bluff overlooking the Castle Creek gorge, are being taken down by Schlumberger Construction Co., at the request of Christopher Goldsbury of San Antonio, Texas and Aspen.
Goldsbury has a home on Sneaky Lane, along Castle Creek and just below the site of the townhouses. He bought the units last spring, before they were completed, with the intention of tearing them down to preserve the view from his home.
Goldsbury is the former owner of Pace Picante Sauce, which is now a trademark owned by the Campbell’s Soup Co.
According to county records, Goldsbury several years ago paid $3 million for a lot adjacent to the Meadows townhouses, where a single-family home was under construction. That unfinished house was subsequently demolished except for the foundation, and the foundation was filled in with dirt and gravel, according to officials in Pitkin County.
Efforts to reach Goldsbury for comment were not successful.
Resource 2000, the organization handling the resale of the materials, will benefit from the proceeds of the sale along with the Aspen Junior Hockey Club.
Kurt Buss, program manager for Resource 2000, said Resource 2000 workers will promote the sale, unload and inventory the building materials and price each item.
Since the townhouses had not been completed when Goldsbury bought them, the materials are nearly brand new. The windows still have stickers on them, and heating and air-conditioning units are still in the boxes, Buss said. Schlumberger’s employees are removing nails from the lumber on the site and hauling it to Silt on flatbed trucks, he said.
Buss also noted that the process will save space in the Pitkin County landfill, where demolition debris is ordinarily taken.
Evan Gull, president of the hockey club, said he has been taking phone calls from people asking to buy salvaged materials from the townhouses, and helping to coordinate the sale. Volunteers working for the hockey club will assist with the sale, he said.
Resource 2000 coordinated the deconstruction and sale of the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Sundeck building at the top of Aspen Mountain last spring and summer, and the group is currently working on the sale of materials from a house on Red Mountain. Buss said there’s a need for a similar not-for-profit organization based in the Roaring Fork Valley, to promote and organize more such projects
“We’re really hoping all these successful projects underline the need for a group like this up there,” Buss said.
The sale of building materials is scheduled to take place at Big-R Commercial Park on Colorado Highway 6 between Silt and Rifle, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4; and Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 8-11. Sale hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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