Although it’s hardly news that recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, there’s still quite a bit of confusion about its details. What exactly is allowed and what isn’t? And how does the new law affect Aspen/Snowmass in particular? Here’s what you need to know about the new statewide law, as well as what to expect if you decide to go shopping in Aspen for some pot. Continue reading
The Hotel Aspen secured Aspen City Council approvals this week to redevelop and expand the lodge, adding three free-market homes to their property — but the project as approved doesn’t have the economic viability to get built.
And the long-term implications of the decision — a vote of 3-1 in favor only after the free-market component was whittled down — are not good for a lodging community with an aging stock that needs to consider how to remain viable in the long term. Continue reading
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Whatever happens with the Hotel Aspen’s redevelopment proposal, which got hung up on a 2-2 City Council vote this week and was continued until March 17, the process has highlighted the issues and conundrums small lodges are facing in the current land-use approval system. And whether those issues will be cleared up with the City’s pending lodging redevelopment incentive program remains to be seen.
The owners of Hotel Aspen, a moderately-priced lodge on the corner of W. Main and Garmisch, want to tear down and rebuild the property, increasing the number of rooms from 45 to 54. The proposal also includes three new free-market, single-family homes — its economic engine.
The free-market residential component — which is the piece that Council is divided on — reflects incentives that were put into the land use code with the intention to help preserve the City’s smaller, more economically priced lodges. Continue reading
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Progress on the uncompleted Snowmass Base Village took a step backward this week when Aspen Skiing Company terminated its agreement with Related Colorado to buy a piece of land next to the Elk Camp Gondola on which it planned to build a hotel and free-market condominiums. And while that’s certainly not good news, this latest turn may end up simplifying the process of planning for the base area’s completion. Continue reading