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Council tables vote on Gorsuch Haus

Mar 27, 2017

The updated Gorsuch Haus proposal reduced the size and modified the architectural style of the hotel.

Aspen City Council voted to table the application for the proposed Gorsuch Haus at the bottom of Lift 1A on Monday night. Though the applicants, led by Aspenite Jeff Gorsuch, presented a reconfigured proposal to address past community concerns, city staff suggests the council and the applicants would benefit from more time to work on the project.

Council member Adam Frisch is out of town and council member Art Daily has recused himself from the discussion, so just three members of the council sat through the four hour discussion on the controversial development.

 

Many neighbors spoke against the project, saying it is too big and not practical for the shaded, narrow run. Proponents said the west side of Aspen Mountain is an eyesore and begs to be revitalized. They say the state of the current facilities are costing Aspen opportunities to host world-class ski racing.

 

The Gorsuch Haus development is part of a contract with the Aspen Skiing Company that would sell land in exchange for a new high speed chair lift to replace 1A. The City of Aspen is working with consultants to explore other options for rebuilding the lift, including moving the access point north into town or a gondola that would operate after-hours.

Bert Myrin, Steve Skadron and Ann Mullins voted unanimously to table the proposal while they wait for the consultant’s report. Gorsuch and his team said they would also like time to see the report before resubmitting a proposal.