Stay Aspen Snowmass may be leaving
Planned new staff positions and an already cramped Aspen City Hall may spell the end of Stay Aspen Snowmass’ lease in the city-owned Rio Grande parking garage building.The City Council is scheduled to discuss tonight whether to notify the reservations agency that it must relinquish the space next spring. The city leases space in the Rio Grande Place building to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association; the ACRA subleases about 1,800 square feet to Stay Aspen Snowmass.SAS, aware that it may get the boot, has already been looking at potential new quarters, according to Bill Tomcich, SAS president. The ACRA offices would remain in the building.A staff memo to the council recommends the city Parking Department offices be moved from the first floor of City Hall to the parking garage. Various other departments within City Hall would do some reshuffling to use the Parking Department’s vacated space.Staffers are also recommending that the meeting room on the third floor of the former Aspen Youth Center, currently used for meetings and as a polling place, be converted to offices to house city employees during the remodeling of various City Hall offices.All of the remodeling projects could cost “upwards of $635,000,” the city estimates.The city’s 2006 budget, currently under council review, includes seven new government staff positions. Half of them are slated for the Community Development/Building Department, which has been inundated with work associated with new development.
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