Snowmass Town Council OKs Base Village changes; no pool yet
The Aspen Times
The Snowmass Town Council made a splash with some of the original Base Village property owners Tuesday night by approving developers’ proposed changes without reaching an agreement on a shared pool.
In a 3-2 vote on second reading, the Town Council OK’d the minor PUD amendments to Buildings 7 and 8 — marketed as “One Snowmass” — with two conditionals.
The vote was close, with Town Councilwoman Alyssa Shenk on the fence at the time of the roll call. Snowmass Town Councilmen Bob Sirkus and Tom Goode were the dissenting votes.
East West Partners’ PUD amendment includes a deadline extension to finish One Snowmass and a 5,688-square-foot increase in retail and commercial space in lieu of free-market residential units. The deadline was extended to March 1, 2020 (the prior completion date was summer 2019).
The PUD amendment also requests that the town conduct a parking-garage study to determine if the additional 22 spaces generated through the added retail and commercial square feet are necessary.
The other piece of the puzzle is Base Village property owners, the developers and the town of Snowmass coming to terms over unfulfilled promises of their own pool.
Three Hayden and Capitol Peak property owners — Bruce Smith, Andrew Nolan and Pat Keefer — said they felt the council should not approve the minor PUD amendments without a resolution on the pool issue. The property owners claim the developers guaranteed them a pool in the project’s original approvals.
“We ask that as council, as you deliberate on the amendment, that residential owners’ need is the primary consideration, because we are the reason that Base Village has functioned for the last decade with the amenities that are enjoyed by so many,” Keefer, a part-time Snowmass Village resident and Capitol Peak HOA president, said before the council.
She pointed the finger at Aspen Skiing Co., as one of the original Base Village developers, and said it should follow the example of its latest ad campaign along the lines of “commit, respect, unity and love.”
“When it comes to commit, if Skico wants a Shaun White perfect score or even a 50 percent score, then they need to fulfill their original Phase 2 commit with a substantial permanent pool facility,” she said.
She added later, “There is no way around it, Skico is a blatant Base Village bully through the way it structured the BV Company Master HOA governing documents. They have no respect for residential owners.”
While Keefer and others identified areas for a pool or aquatic facility, East West managing partner Andy Gunion said, “We’re not really willing to entertain taking the lead” on developing a pool for the owners.
A pool is in the plans for Building 10 that Hayden and Capitol Peak owners may access, he said. Gunion also offered the owners “pool passes” to use the Viceroy and future Limelight pools, noting they are small.
With the council reviewing plans for Buildings 7 and 8 more recently, the town “has received a ton of comments and letters from Base Village owners requesting us to require (the developers) to give them a pool,” town of Snowmass spokesman Travis Elliot said Monday.
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