Snowmass Town Council to discuss plans for Base Village Buildings 6, 7, 8 at meeting tonight |

Snowmass Town Council to discuss plans for Base Village Buildings 6, 7, 8 at meeting tonight

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
A rendering of the future site of Base Village Buildings 7 and 8, or "One Snowmass."
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Should the Snowmass Town Council decide to move forward with its lead tenants for Building 6, Base Village will soon house a “community-based live event, broadcast and digital arts center” as well as a taproom.

At a Town Council meeting this afternoon, Snowmass NeXus — a partnership between GrassRoots TV and Colorado Audio Visual and Design — will present its business plan to occupy the development.

Snowmass NeXus, which is a working title, outlines in its presentation plans to “uniquely combine presentation, performance and creative spaces, both inside and outside of the facility, with video recording, broadcast and live digital distribution capability.”

“It is the technical base camp of plaza events (and) provides meeting, conferencing, teaching and creative workspaces.”

Snowmass NeXus’ proposal also requests $700,000 from the town of Snowmass Village “to help finance the building tenant finishes and startup costs,” according to a memorandum from Snowmass Town Manager Clint Kinney and assistant Travis Elliot. Once the 8,701-square-foot building is complete, which is expected Nov. 1, Snowmass NeXus will not request an ongoing operational subsidy.

Base Village developers agreed to construct and donate Building 6 to the town as part of the project’s original approvals. Upon completion, the town will not be responsible for the structure’s capital and maintenance expenses.

To fill the food and beverage portion of the community-use-designated building, Aspen Brewing Co. is still “highly interested” in creating a Snowmass Tap, the memo states. The brewing company, however, requested more time to evaluate the financial feasibility of this concept, Elliot said Monday. He said the town did not indicate any deadline for Aspen Brewing Co., which opened a new taproom in downtown Aspen last month.

While no formal action related to Building 6 is required at today’s meeting, Elliot said, “We want the council to direct staff to take the next steps with the tenant, which would be to start to formalize some of the agreements.”

Also on the agenda for today’s Town Council meeting is a second reading of a minor PUD amendment to Base Village Buildings 7 and 8, which are marketed as “One Snowmass.”

East West Partners’ requested changes to the 2015 PUD include a deadline extension to finish Buildings 7 and 8 and a 5,688-square-foot increase in retail and commercial space in lieu of free-market residential units. Developers initially said One Snowmass would be complete by spring or summer 2019; the PUD amendment requests an extension of March 1, 2020.

The PUD amendment also requests that the town conduct a parking garage study to determine if the additional 22 spaces generated through the added retail and commercial square feet are required.

With Snowmass Town Councilman Bill Madsen absent, the elected officials unanimously approved a first reading of East West’s proposed changes Jan. 2.

Following complaints from the original Base Village property owners about unfulfilled promises of a pool, the council also asked the developers to look into the possibility of accommodating such a request.

Conversations regarding a pool in Buildings 7 and 8 date back to the initial Base Village approvals in 2004.

With the council reviewing plans for Buildings 7 and 8 again more recently, the town “has received a ton of comments and letters from Base Village owners requesting us to require (the developers) to give them a pool,” Elliot said. He added, “We hope to hear something that makes everyone happy (today).”

The Snowmass Town Council meeting will begin at 4 p.m. inside the Town Hall Chambers.