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Condo owners sue town of Snowmass Village

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

A condominium owner’s association in Snowmass Village is suing the town for approving the installation of cellular antennas on the top of the Westin hotel.

The Sonnenblick Condominiums Inc. filed a complaint with the Pitkin County District Court on Dec. 31 alleging that the Town Council exceeded its jurisdiction in giving Sprint the right to install two cellular antennas on the roof of the hotel. The council approved a special review application by Sprint on Dec. 2.

Sprint already has two antennas on the Westin’s roof, which it will remove after installing the two new ones. The new antennas, one of which extends 3 feet above the roof line, will support Sprint’s 4G network in Snowmass Village.

The Sonnenblick owners contend that the height of the antennas violates a view easement on the Westin building dating back to 1969. Town Planner Sloan Campi told the council members that the zoned height limitation at the site is 69 feet and that the tallest antenna would still be within that height restriction.

The condo owners would like the resolution to be amended so that no approval is given for the installation of the antennas, saying in their complaint, “By passing the resolution and granting Sprint the right to install certain antennas within the view easement, the Town Council violated the rights of plaintiff as an interested property owner.”

Town Attorney John Dresser did not respond to a message left at his office Jan. 2.