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Public gets look inside Limelight Hotel in Aspen

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

An open house at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen is taking place on Monday just before a public meeting that could determine whether Aspen Skiing Co. moves forward with building a similar lodge in Snowmass Village.

The public can view meeting rooms and guest rooms from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday. The Limelight is Skico's more affordable hotel option in Aspen, compared with its Little Nell property.

Skico has signed a letter of intent to purchase Lot 2 in Base Village, where it wants to build another Limelight Hotel in place of an approved condominium building.

The company is appealing a decision by the town Community Development Department to classify the proposed changes as major amendments at Monday's Town Council meeting.

Major amendments to a planned-unit development require more steps and more time in public meetings to gain approval. Skico executives would like to open the hotel in December 2015 and have said it isn't likely that they'll still want to build if they have to go through a major-amendment process.

According to town land-use code, a new planned-unit development is considered major if it contains more than four units. A redevelopment is considered major if it adds more than six units.

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The proposed Limelight Hotel would have more than 100 rooms, 18 free-market residential units and three employee-housing units. The building was formerly approved to house 57 residential units, according to a memo to the council.

For more information about the open house, call 970-925-3025.