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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen City Council on Monday approved a construction contract that will allow the city to begin its nearly $2 million renovation of the Wheeler Opera House.

The $278,568 contract with Aspen Constructors Inc. will pay for the project’s first phase involving interior demolition work. It gives ACI the roles of construction manager and general contractor.

Steve Bossart, the city’s capital asset project manager, recommended the council approve the Phase I project with Aspen Constructors as soon as possible so that the work can be completed in time for next winter’s tourist season.

Overall, the project calls for remodeling the Wheeler’s basement offices and commercial spaces. An upgrade of the kitchen in the restaurant space currently occupied by Bentley’s is planned. New plumbing and electrical systems also are part of the project scenario.

Bentley’s closes in July and will not return to the space once the work is finished later this year. In March, the council voted to give the restaurant-space lease to a group called Fiercely Local, whose owners operate The Cheese Shop on East Hopkins Avenue. They are planning to close The Cheese Shop to concentrate fully on their new bar-and-restaurant operation in the Wheeler.

ASPEN – Delays in and out of Aspen resumed Monday for motorists on Highway 82, as work continued on the Castle Creek bridge.

According to a press release issued Monday by the Colorado Department of Transportation, the downvalley traffic detour, which was in place Monday morning for final work on abutment, will be lifted Tuesday from 5-9 a.m. The downvalley detour will resume typical schedule for the rest of the week, CDOT said.


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