Last night, Aspen City Council approved a second affordable lodge proposal by prolific land owner Mark Hunt. Councilmembers gave the go-ahead for what’s called Base 2. It would replace a Conoco gas station on Main Street, and off-site parking has been a point of contention.
“Until today I’ve been resistant to the idea of one of the alternative locations for your parking the Rio Grande,” said Councilmember Art Daily. “Because I was afraid that, at least during the high season we really weren’t providing any additional parking.”
After a confusing discussion about how to resolve the issue, the hotel was approved with one vote dissenting by Mayor Steve Skadron. It was agreed the developer needed to provide 15 parking spots, and could pursue leasing up to 19 spots in the city’s Rio Grande parking garage. That option would have to be formally cleared by City staff. The Base 2 lodge will act as a sister hotel to the previously approved Base 1, next to City Market.