Vacant space garners 15 proposals
October 21, 2014
The city of Aspen has received 15 proposals for the riverside space recently vacated by the Aspen Art Museum.
Proposals include a John Denver Museum and Cultural Center, led by Denver's second wife, Cassandra Denver; a gathering place, led by Paul Kienast; a Powerhouse Performance and Event Center, led by the Red Brick Council for the Arts; Aspen Hostel Co., led by Howie Mallory; Power Plant Brewery, led by the Aspen Brewing Co.; Wild Rose Healing Center, led by masseuse Felicia Marcus; a center for advancement of renewable energies; a lodge/cafe/conference center, led by Stryker Brown Architects; a homeless shelter, led by Lee Mulcahy; Canary Nest, led by Lucas Franze; a community center, led by local retailer Aimee Knight; Aspen Science Center led by Mike Simmons; Media Powerhouse, led by GrassRoots TV; Pitkin County Senior Center; and Aspen Power and Light, led by Dr. Martha Susan Horton, an addiction specialist.
An advisory committee, made up of four residents and three city employees, will review and score the submissions before narrowing the list for the Aspen City Council. The council is expected to hear the committee's recommendations during a Nov. 18 work session. Assistant City Manager Barry Crook said he expects a request for proposals sometime this winter and the council could make a decision as early as April, though no definitive timeline is set.
The committee is made up of former Clorox Co. executive Pete Louras, former City Clerk Kathryn Koch, local journalist Catherine Lutz and Aspen Education Foundation President Robin Hamill, who are joined by Crook, Community Development Director Chris Bendon and Parks Director Jeff Woods.