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Aspen will drop the amount of parking it requires for new downtown development, but hike the price for developers who’d rather pay cash than build the spaces.

In the commercial core, the city will require one space per 1,000 square feet of net leasable space or $30,000 per space for those who’d rather pay than build parking. The City Council upped the cash-in-lieu price from $15,000 to $30,000 on Monday before adopting changes to the parking code. Members also cut the requirement from 1.5 spaces to one per 1,000 square feet in the core.

Councilman Tim Semrau suggested the changes, noting $30,000 per space more accurately reflects the cost of building a space downtown, where underground parking is typically necessary.

In addition, the code now allows the city to spend the money from developers who choose the cash route on more than just construction of additional parking. It can go to the city’s car-sharing program and the in-town bus system, for example.

A second Iowa teenager has died as a result of injuries from a crash on Interstate 70 near Parachute early Monday morning.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Molly Ann Raim, 17, of Springville, Iowa, died on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Sierra C. Mitchell, 18, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on Monday. Neither woman was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The women were passengers in a black Chevy Trailblazer traveling east on I-70 five miles west of Parachute. The driver was Tara Friedley, 18, of Marion, Iowa. The Colorado State Patrol said Friedley drove the vehicle off the left side of the road about 12 a.m., continuing through the median.

The vehicle rolled three times, ejecting the two passengers. I-70 was closed in both directions for about an hour while Life Flight was on the scene.

Alcohol is not suspected, and no charges are anticipated, according to the state patrol.

Colleen Truden, district attorney of the 9th Judicial District, said on Wednesday that her office is “actively seeking someone to fill the vacancy” left by attorney Gail Nichols’ resignation from the Pitkin County office.

Nichols, the deputy district attorney who handles felonies in Pitkin County, tendered her resignation Friday. She has been with the district since 2003, when she began to handle misdemeanors and other low-level crimes.

Nichols said on Tuesday that she plans on taking the summer off work before figuring out what she’d like to do next. Deputy District Attorney Brian Rossiter, who currently handles misdemeanors, will remain in the Pitkin County Courthouse.

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