City officials would like new owners of land at the base of Aspen Mountain that is part of the voter-approved Lift One corridor project to attend a second-quarter stakeholder meeting scheduled for Monday.
But representatives from Miami-based OKO Group, a property development company founded and run by billionaire Vladislav Doronin that bought nearly an acre of land last month for $76.25 million, will not be present until to Jen Phelan, the city’s project manager, knows.
“I think it would be great to involve ownership representation at least for presentations,” Phelan said.
Instead, the OKO Group has hired local land-use planning consultancy BendonAdams, and Sara Adams will represent their interests.
The Aspen Times received no response from OKO Group’s public relations representatives via email requesting information about their local involvement in the planning of the project, which includes the 81-room hotel known as Gorsuch Haus. on land belonging to the OKO group.
The Lift One Corridor also includes the 107,000 square foot Lift One Lodge and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space at the base of the west side of Aspen Mountain.
Monday’s meeting will cover aspects of the development, including updates to a required traffic study, construction sequencing, updates to land use rights and registration of dishes.
Phelan said the former owners of the 0.95-acre West Base Area of Aspen Mountain – Bryan Peterson, Jim DeFrancia and Jeff Gorsuch – informed the stakeholder group in November that the property could be transferred to a new one. owner.
“They let us know they were getting unsolicited offers to buy the property,” Phelan said.
Gorsuch and his partners strengthened their local ties to the community when they convinced voters in March 2019 by a 26-vote margin to approve ordinances returned by the Aspen City Council that allow development.
City staff are still operating within the parameters of those voter-approved ordinances.
“Indemnities and limitations of approvals in place are transferred to the new buyer, and staff expect the new owner to operate under the same terms and responsibilities as the previous owner group,” Phelan said.
Monday’s meeting is a routine taping with all stakeholders, including Michael and Aaron Brown, representing Lift One Lodge, as well as the city, the Aspen Historical Society, the Aspen Skiing Co. and the OKO Group.
Lift One Lodge continues to work on refining its land use rights, which include more complex agreements and dishes than Gorsuch Haus, as the town, Skico and historical society are involved in future development and operations. that will occur on batches, according to Phelan.
The city has allocated $4.36 million to help pay for Dean Street improvements and the relocation of the Skiers Chalet Lodge, where a ski history museum and skier services are planned.
Phelan said she is working with Lift One representatives on a parking management agreement for the car park the developers are building, which will be accessible from Dean Street and will be partially located on city property, below Willoughby Park.
The garage will contain both off-street parking for the lodge, as well as public parking, according to Phelan.
The Order of Approval includes an obligation for Lift One Lodge to provide 50 public parking spaces and to enter into an agreement which must be approved by the city.
When developing a rate schedule, city staff and Lift One Lodge went back and forth on a parking rate structure, with the Browns proposing a higher rate structure than the city was on the hook with. ‘easy.
Phelan said she is currently waiting to see how the city’s alternative pricing will be received.
The town offers a pricing structure in line with the parking rates of other car parks in the ski area, Highlands being the most relevant, and also includes premium pricing that recognizes the location of the garage at the foot of a new telemix chairlift.
Instead of Lift One Lodge’s $12 per hour, or $60 per day, during peak season weekends and holidays, the city offers $8.40 per hour or $42 per day.
Weekdays and non-holidays during high season months would cost $6 per hour, or $30 per day depending on the city’s proposal. Lift One Lodge had offered $9 per hour or $45 per day.
It’s unclear when construction will begin on the project, but it will likely be next year as the grandfathered rights to the development expire on December 24, 2025.