Parking tiff heads to council
A commercial parking lot on Hyman Avenue has produced a classic Aspen squabble: Neighbors say the operation doesn’t have the required city approval; the lot’s operator has in turn fingered one of his detractors for a building violation.The bickering is slated to land in the Aspen City Council’s lap tonight.Peter Fornell, who sued the city after the council refused to put his plan for an automated parking garage before voters, has been renting surface spaces on the lot while he awaits a judge’s ruling.Condo owners across the street, who opposed the parking garage, have also questioned Fornell’s ability to lease parking spaces on the property without a conditional-use permit. Their appeal, voiced by their attorney, is headed for the council.Fornell, meanwhile, has discovered one of the residences within the 700 E. Hyman Condominium Association has a bandit bedroom in the garage. The fourth bedroom in the three-bedroom condo doesn’t meet the city’s code, he contends, and he has reported the situation to the city’s building department. “I don’t think they should be heard by City Hall when they’re in violation of the city’s regulations,” Fornell said. “They’re living in glass houses, in my opinion.”Fornell said he has rented about a dozen spaces in the lot, all but one to tenants in the office building next door who have always used the property for parking.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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