Plan B in the works for visitor center site
An alternative proposal for the corner of Galena and Main streets – site of a proposed new Aspen visitor center – will be submitted to the city’s Community Development Department today, according to private planning consultant Glenn Horn.Property owner Millennium Plaza LLC, represented by managing partner Lowell Meyer, contracted with Horn to draft an alternative land-use proposal and submit a growth-management application to the city.Today is the deadline for growth-management applications for developments seeking a 2004 growth allotment from the city, according to Horn.What’s proposed, he said, is essentially the same building that would house a new visitor center and Aspen Chamber Resort Association offices, but without those components.The visitor center project already has City Council approval, but Referendum 2A, which seeks to repeal the approved zoning for the building, is on tomorrow’s ballot.The new land-use proposal is a backup plan, should the visitor center building be rejected at the polls, according to Horn.”It is essentially the same building as the visitor center building, without a visitor center,” he said. “The design is virtually unchanged, just the window treatments would change a little.”The revised plan calls for a three-bedroom, free-market residence on the third floor and three deed-restricted affordable units on the second floor – two, two-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit, all priced at Category 2. The first floor will contain the office space contained in the existing, one-story building on the site, plus retail space instead of a visitor center, Horn said. The garden level would contain storage space for the building.ACRA’s current headquarters and main visitor center are located in front of the Rio Grande parking garage, off Rio Grande Place. Those facilities are slated to relocate to Main Street in the already approved plan for the corner of Main and Galena.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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