Waite House deal in offing | AspenTimes.com

Waite House deal in offing

A decision on the status of the building permit for the historicWaite House will likely be revealed today at 6:30 p.m. when theHistoric Preservation Commission meets at City Hall.”An agreement has been reached in principle, but we haven’t formalizedit yet,” confirmed David Hoefer, assistant city attorney, Tuesday.”We’re going to present it [tonight] at the HPC meeting.”Hoefer would not elaborate on the nature of the agreement.On Feb. 17, building inspector Steven Kanipe agreed to postponeany decision in the matter, allowing Charles Brandt, attorneyfor Waite House owner Don Mullins, to reach some kind of agreementwith Hoefer that would allow Mullins to keep his building permit.The fate of the 110-year-old home has been in Kanipe’s hands sinceFeb. 10, when he held a hearing to determine whether the buildingpermit should be pulled. On Jan. 24, the city issued a stop-workorder on the renovation and expansion project at the West Endhome after discovering irregularities at the site. The city alleges that Mullins’ contractor, Gary Wheeler, disposedof more than a third of the house’s original siding and much ofits trim and moldings, in violation of city preservation codes.The house, at 234 W. Francis St., was once home to David Waite,a former Colorado governor.

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