City of Aspen goes big with new government buildings |

City of Aspen goes big with new government buildings

Once the Aspen Art Museum was built and people witnessed firsthand what 42-feet tall on Spring and Hyman looked like from one end of the block to the other end of the block, Referendum 1 was born to prevent similar big boxes from being built.

And this month came changes to the city’s land-use code limiting height from Aspen Mountain to the Roaring Fork River (Rio Grande Park/Clark’s Market) to 28 feet, or two stories tall.

Why? Aspenites made it very clear the views in Aspen are the billion-dollar industry — not buildings that block views and sunshine, or buildings which forever change the character of the mountainous street-scape, views-to-views of an ultra-modern concrete box.

So if you think the Aspen Art Museum is big, please come to the Planning and Zoning public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, to look at the plans for the new City Hall or city offices at Galena Plaza.

The new proposed City Hall is taller and has more square footage than the Aspen Art Museum. The new city offices will be built in the visitor center’s parking lots sandwiched between Rio Grande playing field and Galena Plaza.

Am I missing something? What is up with the city building a bigger building than the one which sprouted Referendum 1 and is the subject matter for reduced building heights in the current land-use code amendments?

Write a letter to the editor and/or for attention of City Council, Planning & Zoning staff.

Toni Kronberg


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