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Open house set for new county building

A series of architectural renderings of building concepts for Pitkin County's new public safety and administration building will be unveiled at two open houses Dec. 9.

Both open houses — one from noon to 2 p.m., the other from 5 to 7 p.m. — will be held in the Plaza 1 meeting room at 530 E. Main St. Food and refreshments will be served.

The new building, which will house the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office and other county administrative offices, will be constructed behind the current Courthouse Plaza in what is now a parking lot.

For more details, call 970-920-5204.

Terminal remodel underway

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Remodeling to expand Aspen-Pitkin County Airport's secure boarding area started this week. The project, which will be conducted during primarily nighttime hours through mid-January, is the airport's temporary answer to overcrowding in the area where passengers already screened by TSA must wait for their flights, according to a statement from the county.

The work is not expected to interfere with travelers arriving and departing during the busy holiday season, the county said.

"Our secure boarding area is often filled to capacity during the busy holiday season," said airport Director John Kinney. "The last thing we want to have to do is close the secure boarding area to ticketed passengers to comply with the fire code and risk them missing their flights. This is our temporary solution to that growing problem."

The expansion will include the current cafe and gift shop areas, which will no longer be accessible to non-traveling customers. It will give security-screened travelers access to the full-service restaurant, an additional restroom and the gift shop.

A food cart outside of the secure area will be available to arriving travelers when delays occur.

Design concepts for a new terminal will be discussed at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Dec. 8.

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