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Two views on Base 2

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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 The ballot question asks that city council’s approval of Base 2 be rescinded.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.



Land use planner Mitch Haas and developer Mark Hunt speak at a recent City Council meeting.

 Developer Mark Hunt — who owns, along with unknown investors — more than a dozen buildings in downtown Aspen, talks about why he changed his mind on providing on-site parking at his proposed Base 2 lodge on Main Street. City council approved the lodge this past summer without a parking requirement. But residents who are upset with that exception waiver — and others — got enough signatures to put the project to a public vote. Mr. Hunt spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.


Carolyn Sackariason speaks with Mark Hunt


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Ward Hauenstein is leading the “vote no” campaign on the Base 2 lodge ballot question.

Aspen resident Ward Hauenstein, who is leading the effort to have city voters strike down Base 2 lodge on Main Street, explains the nuances of question 2A that will appear on Aspen ballots this fall. Mr. Hauenstein spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

Carolyn Sackariason speaks with Ward Hauenstein



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