‘Stube overhaul hits housing nerve
ASPEN Mayor Mick Ireland expressed displeasure Monday over who will – and will not – be able to live in affordable housing that would be built as part the redeveloped Weinerstube building.Ireland said he’s not in favor of allowing the developer to choose who will live in the proposed 12 affordable housing units. The developer, only identified as 633 Spring II, LLC, is proposing to subdivide the property and build six free-market residential units and 17,781 square feet of leasable space.Stan Clauson, who is representing the developer, pointed out that the proposal meets city requirements.”It’s not only in compliance with the code, it also represents the largest increment of affordable housing in the commercial core,” he said.Ireland said it’s not fair to close off affordable housing to the public and choose a select few.”It’s not criticism of their project, there’s a code problem,” he said. “Who is going to get in the lifeboat? … A privileged few?”Clauson added that the Weinerstube owners requested that one of the units be dedicated for one of their employees who works on-site and opens the restaurant early in the morning.Ireland also questioned whether the developers are adding enough affordable housing, which he said is a problem with most developers because their projects generate far more employees than what’s offered.”The question we have to ask ourselves with these projects is, where do we house the other jobs generated?” Ireland asked. “This gives us a shortfall that we are not capable of filling.”The plan calls for keeping the Weinerstube a restaurant, as well as other ground floor commercial space and offices on the second floor. There also would be 47 parking spaces underground.A public hearing on the project is scheduled for Aug. 13 in City Council chambers.
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