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A project billed as a place for craftsmen to live and work was approved in the Basalt area by the Eagle County commissioners this week.

The Willits Bend project will feature 92,555 square feet of mixed uses, including space for fabrication businesses and trades, offices, retail shops, restaurants and residences.

The project is on 4.5 acres that currently have about 30,000 square feet of light industrial and commercial space in several ramshackle buildings. Those will be scrapped for the new development.

The site is located between the Basalt Design Center and the Aspen-Basalt Campground. The owner is Stephen Crowley and his partners in Blue Crow Limited Liability Co.

Glenn Rappaport, the architect for the project, said last summer that the idea is to offer enough small spaces that are affordable for the targeted market ” owners of businesses like furnituremakers, cabinetmakers, blacksmiths and other trades and crafts.

The commissioners granted the first of three required approvals Tuesday.

The Aspen Young Professionals Association is holding its annual holiday party tonight in the upstairs lounge of Matsuhisa restaurant in Aspen.

Although the even is for AYPA members only, membership is accepted at the door or you can log onto http://www.aspenypa.com to sign up. Admission to the party is free with a canned food donation at the door. AYPA requests a minimum of five cans of food or a $10 donation to Lift Up.

The party is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Matsuhisa Lounge at 303 E. Main St. The party will feature DJ Dylan Johns and is sponsored by American National Bank. Please RSVP by e-mail to rsvp@aspenypa.com.


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