Snowmass reacts to Dwayne Romero’s exit |

Snowmass reacts to Dwayne Romero’s exit

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times
Former Aspen City Councilman Dwayne Romero, who is a consultant for developer Mark Hunt, says his conscience is clear about the new alliance. "It’s my right to exercise my voice," he said. "I’m not breaking any laws or breaking any of my personal ethics."
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While Snowmass Village residents and businesspeople are surprised by a change in leadership at Related Colorado announced Tuesday, most are optimistic about what the future holds.

The company that owns much of the commercial real estate in Snowmass, including Base Village through an affiliate, announced that Dwayne Romero had resigned as president on Tuesday. He is being replaced by another familiar face to many, though: Jim D’Agostino, who was Related Colorado’s senior vice president of construction from 2007 to 2012.

“Surprised” would be the best way to describe the community’s initial reaction to the news, Mayor Markey Butler said Wednesday. Romero and the town have had their ups and downs, but he had the community’s best interests in mind and tried to balance that with his company’s goals, she said.

“I personally am going to miss him,” Butler said.

“If anyone can get Base Village completed, it is Jim.”Greer FoxSnowmass Village and Knoxville, Tenn.

But like many in the village, Butler had positive things to say about D’Agostino. He succeeded Butler as president of Snowmass Village Rotary Club while he lived here and was involved and well-liked in the community, she said. He also is already very familiar with the Base Village development, she added.

“I think that that will play to his benefit,” Butler said.

D’Agostino was good about personally responding when residents had a complaint or something went wrong during the early phases of Base Village construction, she said. D’Agostino said Tuesday that he has been hoping to return to the valley since he left.

“He will listen,” Butler said. “He loves this place.”

Part-time resident Greer Fox also had praise for D’Agostino.

“Jim D’Agostino is a treasure — very personable, very competent,” Fox said in an email Wednesday. “He’ll be very good to work with, and he ‘gets’ the village community aspect of Snowmass Village and was part of it when he was here last time around.

“If anyone can get Base Village completed, it is Jim.”

The mayor added that she doesn’t expect the change in leadership to slow down the review of proposed changes to the development that the Town Council took up Monday. D’Agostino starts April 1, but isn’t expected to relocate to Snowmass Village by the council’s next meeting April 6, said Leticia Hanke, Related Colorado director of marketing.

But meetings between the town and Related to discuss new ideas for community-purpose amenities in Base Village will continue as planned, Hanke said. Related has committed to bringing new ideas for that aspect of the development, which has become a roadblock in the review’s progress, at the April 6 meeting.

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