As the campaign heats up on Aspen’s this fall’s election about whether to approve or shoot down a 37-room lodge on Main Street, both sides are focusing on the issue of parking. The ballot question asks that city council’s approval of Base 2 be rescinded. That approval came with no obligation to provide parking on-site. But the developer has now agreed to build parking below the hotel in an effort to win over voters.
Carolyn Sackariason speaks with developer Mark Hunt and Ward Hauenstein, who led the citizen referendum to get question 2A on the city of Aspen ballot this fall.
Campaign finance reports were filed with the city of Aspen Tuesday and the developer behind the proposed Base 2 lodge has raised 10 times the amount than the opposition. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.
Prominent downtown landlord Mark Hunt has donated $50,000 to his issue committee, “Citizens for Aspen Alive”. His opposition, “Vote No on Base 2” has raised just over $4,000 between June 16 and Oct. 8.