December 14, 2010
A proposal to create a new 46-unit affordable-housing structure at the former site of the Boomerang Lodge is expected to take center stage when the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission meets from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
Steve Stunda, managing partner of a Virginia-based group that purchased the lodge five years ago, will present plans for a scaled-down version of a project that was discussed at a P&Z meeting on Nov. 2.
In 2006, the new owners sought and received city approval for an upscale redevelopment of the longtime lodge. However, financing for the project went south during the subsequent economic downturn, and now the developers are seeking a change-in-use amendment that would allow them to proceed with the affordable-housing units.
Stunda acknowledged on Monday that opposition to the project has picked up steam in recent months, primarily from neighbors along West Hopkins Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets and surrounding areas. Many have written letters and sent e-mails to the city’s Community Development Department, generally voicing concern that the development would be a bad fit for the low-density neighborhood.
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