Snowmass council sorts through Base Village parking issues |

Snowmass council sorts through Base Village parking issues

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

Issues surrounding parking as well as access to the Base Village Transit Center continued to be sorted out at the Snowmass Village Town Council’s meeting Monday.

The public hearing opened Monday with a tour of the transit center, where officials from Snowmass Acquisition Co. showed members of the council and public the parking garage as well as the ins and outs of the building, currently only partly constructed. The applicants made arguments for their proposed parking plan as well as keeping with one escalator as opposed to two, an addition that town staff members are seeking.

Related is requesting to reduce the number of parking spaces required for a building that is now proposed as a hotel rather than a condo building. However, the Limelight Snowmass, an Aspen Skiing Co. project, also will include the Snowmass Mountain Club, a membership-based program that will include a parking space on the second level of the garage.

Related’s parking management plan puts the Mountain Club parking in the middle of the residential section. While signage will designate which spots are available for Mountain Club members, some Base Village owners aren’t convinced that everyone will be honest.

“Our request is that, that would be fenced,” said Pat Keefer, a Capitol Peak Lodge owner. “What that solution does then is guarantee zoning compliance … and no policing.”

Keefer got a win on one of her requests when Related agreed to only having the ability to change the residential parking plan through a town zoning process.

Escalator access

Currently, an escalator runs from the bus station level of the garage, makes a turn and rises to the plaza level. It runs up — toward the mountain — during the first part of the day and down to the buses starting in the afternoon. There also is a public elevator in the same area.

Representatives of Related said Monday during the tour that putting another escalator next to the existing one would infringe on space planned for a check-in lobby on the lower level and employee housing units on the upper level, as well as requiring significant reconstruction of existing infrastructure.

Back at Town Hall, council members said they didn’t see a second escalator as crucial but wanted Related to put together a proposal for how day skiers could use a second elevator planned to be for building residents only. Craig Monzio, Related Colorado vice president of development, agreed to have that ready at the next meeting Aug. 24.