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Waite House ruling on hold

Aspen’s top building official yesterday delayed his decision aboutwhether to pull the building permit for the historic Waite House.Aspen attorney Charles Brandt said last night that Building InspectorSteven Kanipe agreed to the delay while Brandt and Assistant CityAttorney David Hoefer negotiate an agreement that would allowhouse owner Don Mullins to keep his building permit.Brandt, who represents Mullins, said he hoped to have a jointstipulation ready for Kanipe by Monday.The fate of the 110-year old Waite House has been in Kanipe’shands since Feb. 10, when he held a hearing to determine whetherthe permit should be pulled. Aspen Historic Preservation OfficerAmy Guthrie slapped a stop-work order on the renovation and expansionproject at the West End home after discovering irregularitiesat 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.At last week’s hearing, Mullins and Wheeler defended some of theirdecisions, apologized for others and offered to make any remediationnecessary.Kanipe was scheduled to issue his decision yesterday.Brandt said if an agreement is reached, the Historic PreservationCommission would have the power to approve remediation and setconditions for continued work.

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