Related WestPac plans to work around Snowmass delays |

Related WestPac plans to work around Snowmass delays

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Related WestPac received a nod from the Snowmass Town Council on Monday for plans to work around the delays on the construction of three buildings because of a funding shortfall.

The company asked council members to allow it to create a temporary arrival center and also sought permission to begin work on a building that does have funding, The Little Nell Residences.

Even without the delay, the company would have needed a temporary arrival center ” a central place where guests with reservations can obtain keys and information ” this winter. But the arrival center will now likely have to last at least two seasons, and perhaps longer.

Related WestPac was noticeably quiet on a proposed completion date for the building Monday night, and Councilman Arnie Mordkin expressed concern about that silence, noting that the arrival center does not generate revenue.

Given the traffic jam at The Treehouse last winter, town staff and the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire District were concerned about Related WestPac’s initial proposal to put the arrival center near the children’s activity center.

On Monday, Vice President of Development Scott Stenman and Chief Operating Officer Dwayne Romero committed to moving the arrival center to rooms in the Capitol Peak Lodge by Dec. 20. They’ll also employ staff members to direct guests to the parking garage when the circle in front of The Treehouse fills with vehicles.

The two also requested permission for exterior changes on The Little Nell Residences, so that Related WestPac can apply for a building permit. The building is part of a larger application for changes to Base Village that has not yet been reviewed by the council. However, the foundation already has been constructed, and the company would like to begin work.

The council approved the minor changes, many of which involved issues that were not caught at sketch plan review, such as an inability to access the restaurant from inside the hotel and the lack of ambulance access to the medical clinic. Town planning director Chris Conrad assured council members that its approval of minor changes to the building did not imply acceptance of the larger application.

After approving the changes, the council discussed its desire to meet with Related WestPac and discuss the company’s future plans. It considered the possibility of a closed meeting between only a few council members and a few Related WestPac representatives, in the hopes that the company would be more open about its proprietary information in a nonpublic setting.

However, because of concerns over open-meeting laws, council members ultimately decided such a meeting should be held as a public work session.

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