Ski-in, ski-out units win city’s approval
March 12, 2002
An enclave of luxury homes at the base of Aspen Mountain won the final go-ahead Monday from the Aspen City Council.
The council voted unanimously to approve the Top of Mill project, slated for 5.6 acres above Summit Street and the existing terminus of South Mill Street where it meets the mountain.
Four Peaks Developments, which is developing the project, had a press release announcing the approval already printed and ready to hand out moments after the vote. The materials note the project will be the first new ski-in, ski-out homesites to become available on Aspen Mountain in many years.
Construction is to begin this spring, with completion in time for the 2003-04 ski season, according to Four Peaks.
The project will include five single-family homes of 5,200 to 6,500 square feet, plus basements; a duplex containing two 6,000-square-foot residences; six attached townhomes of about 6,000 square feet each and a garage.
One four-unit building of deed-restricted affordable housing is also planned. Two lots will be left as open space – one is part of a ski run.
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The development will sit in a bowl at the bottom of the mountain, according to Sunny Vann, planning consultant for Four Peaks.
“There is a common misperception that the boundary of this is somewhere up on the ski area,” he said. “It’s actually in a flat bowl below the ski area.
“There are no adverse visual impacts, at least in our opinion, to the community with this development,” Vann added.
Top of Mill won conceptual approval in 1999 when the property was owned by Savanah Limited Partnership. Four Peaks acquired the site from Savanah along with two other properties, the Grand Aspen Hotel site and the old Bavarian Inn.
Four Peaks has already received approval to build a new 51-suite, time-share hotel where the Grand Aspen once stood and to redevelop the Bavarian Inn as affordable housing.
The Grand Aspen and Bavarian projects were also slated to begin this spring, but a lawsuit has since been filed over the hotel project. The developers may be back with an amended plan for the Bavarian that involves razing the old lodge and starting from scratch to build housing.