With a stipulation requiring a long-term agreement on off-site parking, developer Mark Hunt won unanimous Aspen City Council approval for his Cooper Avenue lodge proposal on Monday.
Hunt, who plans to replace the Cooper Avenue structure home to Domino’s Pizza and other businesses with a 44-room lodge, recently hatched a deal with the St. Regis Aspen Resort for 15 parking spaces. Though the commercial-lodge district requires that he provide 24 spaces, the Community Development Department recommended approval of the arrangement.
By city planners’ estimates, Hunt had eliminated all variance requests associated with the original application before Monday’s hearing. At the suggestion of Councilman Art Daily, the parking stipulation will require a five-year deal, with a five-year option, on parking. When that deal expires, Hunt will need to find a similar agreement.
Mayor Steve Skadron said Monday that though he is not a fan of the buildings that have cropped up in the downtown core in recent years, officials shouldn’t let “bad be the enemy of the good.”
“Simply because the (Aspen Art) Museum causes us angst, it shouldn’t cause us to ignore the possibility of a good project,” he said.
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