Aspen City Council

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

City of Aspen

Aspen City Council’s decision this week to pull the plug on letting a for-profit company operate in the old powerhouse is tied to controversy surrounding the idea of building a new $48 million City Hall. Carolyn Sackariason caught up with Mayor Steve Skadron as he was a boarding a plane. He says there were too many issues to carry the Aspen Power Plant proposal forward.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

In an abrupt move Tuesday night, Aspen City Council ended lease negotiations with the group it chose over a year ago to operate in the historic powerhouse building.

  The lease for the Aspen Power Plant is about to become public, after 15 months of wrangling. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup Morning Edition is Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news, or log onto aspenpublicradio dot org.

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  Pitkin County is asking for over 21,000 square feet of new development along with renovation of the Courthouse Plaza building.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

 A major overhaul to affordable housing capital reserves has been suggested to the Aspen City Council - now public feedback is being sought on the measure.

 Seasonal transportation changes are coming  - the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority limits service beginning today and the public can weigh in on a hike in summer parking fees.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney told City Council on Tuesday that it’s important to reach out to all interested parties prior to launching an environmental assessment required for a terminal expansion.

The future Aspen City Hall building is excluded from the emergency moratorium on development applications passed last week.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio News

Last night the Aspen City Council voted unanimously to approve a landmark ordinance that places a freeze on all incoming land-use applications for the commercial core.

Negotiations are underway between the city of Aspen and the group planning to take over the old Power Plant building. As Carolyn Sackariason reports, the municipal government isn’t the only entity the group has to negotiate with.

 

Marci Krivonen

Aspen City Council is attempting to shut down further development in the downtown and commercial cores.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Attendees of a Create Aspen Mentorship information session last week included massage therapists, artists, realtors, lawyers and small business owners. 

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

City officials are contemplating a sixteen million dollar investment in the affordable housing program as a stop-gap for dwindling reserve accounts and deteriorating structures.

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 Aspen City council will take a first look at an ordinance to merge the vacant newspaper office and Hotel Jerome properties… setting the stage for the expansion of the iconic landmark.

Key city of Aspen planners leaving for private practice

Dec 2, 2015

 Two key players in Aspen City Hall who set the development agenda are leaving their posts to go into the private sector. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  Community development director Chris Bendon and senior planner Sara Adams gave their resignations yesterday. They plan to start their own consulting business, specializing in land use planning and historic preservation.

City of Aspen

In the midst of a housing crunch, the city of Aspen is moving forward with plans to develop three new affordable housing complexes.

Valley Roundup on Morning Edition

Oct 30, 2015

  Here's a short snip it. The full roundtable discussion will air at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and again on 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A landlord’s attempt to increase rent on an Aspen restaurant was stopped by elected officials Monday night.

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