Skico wants to rebuild worker housing | AspenTimes.com

Skico wants to rebuild worker housing

Janet Urquhart

Ski area workers who’ve been renting rooms in what was apparently a lodge close to 50 years ago may see an upgrade in their living quarters.The Aspen Skiing Co. has proposed tearing down what’s known as the Holiday House at 127 W. Hopkins Ave. and rebuilding new housing for its employees there.The Skico has owned the property since 1985. It includes one building constructed in 1959 and another built in 1970.”People have told me it’s an old lodge,” said Dave Bellack, Skico senior vice president.Now, it just looks like an apartment building that has seen better days.”It’s just a property that’s tired and inefficient,” he said. “It has just gotten to a stage in its life cycle where it costs more to maintain it than it justifies.”The existing structures contain 16,650 square feet of livable space and 45 units. The proposed new building will be 29,351 square feet and include 33 units, but more bedrooms. The number of beds would increase from 64 to 84.The rebuilt Holiday House would be deed-restricted as employee housing for the company’s workers, according to Bellack.It wouldn’t be the first time the Skico has constructed housing for its workers. It built Club Commons in Snowmass Village, as well.The company is seeking approvals for the project with the intent of razing the Holiday House next spring at the close of the ski season and having the new digs in place for the start of the following winter.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

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