The ink now dry on the deed, East West Partners and Aspen Skiing Company are well down the line with their plans for the completion of the next phase of Base Village in Snowmass. John Calhoun, director of sales and marketing for East West, met with our office recently and assured us that the day after the ski season ends on April 17, we’ll definitely see at least a “dude with a shovel” out on the gondola plaza, soon to be followed by a huge construction crew getting started on four different projects. By summer, big cranes will be visible from throughout the Village; and, by fall, we’ll see all the buildings going vertical. Certainly, by next ski season, our visitors will be well aware that this long-delayed development is back on track. Continue reading
Snowmass Village officials are having quite the busy summer, as they are neck deep in an intense and condensed review of an application to amend approvals for Related Colorado’s Base Village development. But apart from those involved — and a good-sized room full of interested observers — most people’s eyes glaze over at the mention of Base Village, a seemingly endless process that has gone through dramatic changes since its original approval in 2004.
Most recently, the transportation aspects of the Base Village plan, including a once-controversial roundabout, have been the focus. But instead of going into the nitty gritty of the most recent meeting, we’ve put together an overview of the process, Continue reading
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A proposal for a Limelight hotel in Snowmass has been revived, after the Aspen Skiing Company signed a contract last week with Related Colorado to buy a parcel in Base Village to develop. But the proposal — nearly identical to the first iteration that began town review last fall and was scuttled in March due to uncertainty surrounding Base Village completion — is caught up in a debate about Related’s vesting rights and the broader question of whether the company will do right by the community with its plans to finish Base Village.
We spoke to Aspen Skiing Company’s Mike Kaplan and Don Schuster to find out more about the Snowmass Limelight, why the company decided to resurrect it, and why they feel it’s good for Snowmass. Continue reading