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Neighboring homeowners association decries Boomerang planPlans for a redeveloped Boomerang Lodge drew criticism from a neighboring homeowners association, as well as some planning and zoning members Tuesday night.The planning and zoning commission postponed making a recommendation on the proposal and will take up the matter again June 13. A couple of members asked for more information related to the design and impacts to the neighborhood.The owner of the Boomerang, Steve Stunda, appeared annoyed by the delay.”The tail wagging the dog,” he muttered after the continuance.The proposal calls for enlarging the Boomerang from roughly 23,000 square feet to 51,365 square feet, an increase of 123 percent. The lodge would include 54 hotel time-share units, six free-market residential units, two affordable housing abodes and 48 parking spaces.Boomerang consultant Sunny Vann said the proposal’s height and mass are necessary to make the project financially viable.Jody Edwards, president of the homeowners association at the neighboring Christiana Lodge, said his group opposes the proposal’s mass and scale. He also mentioned potential traffic problems and the proximity of the new building to the Christiana.”It reads as one massive building,” he said.Vann said other neighbors support the project.Preregistration open for Ride for the PassPreregistration opens today for the 12th annual Ride for the Pass, the fundraising bicycle ride up Independence Pass.Participants can preregister through Friday at Aspen Velo or Ute Mountaineer. The advance fee is $40 for individuals and $70 for families. It will rise $10 the day of the event.Proceeds benefit the Independence Pass Foundation, which is building awareness about the pass environment and undertaking various projects to improve that environment.The 10-mile route includes a vertical gain of 2,000 feet to an elevation of 10,500 feet.The race will start at 9 a.m., and the recreational and family ride will start at 9:15 a.m. There are aid stations sprinkled along the route.A party in Aspen will follow, with free beer and numerous prizes, including a new mountain bike from Aspen Velo. All riders get a commemorative T-shirt and a raffle ticket for prizes.


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