Aspen voters approve ski area redevelopment

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ASPEN, Colo. — Voters in Aspen have narrowly approved a redevelopment plan that will increase the size of the resort’s base area.

The Aspen Times reported Tuesday that the Lift One plan was approved by a 26-vote margin of 1,555 to 1,529.

Aspen Skiing Company’s redevelopment proposal encompasses more than 320,000 feet of commercial space including a time-share lodge that will add six condominiums to the base area and a luxury hotel that is expected to offer 81 additional rooms.

Proponents say the original Aspen Mountain base area will be revitalized with additions and renovations including a more accessible ski lift.

Opponents express concerns about increased traffic, a lack of affordable housing construction and the city’s $4.36 million contribution to the project.

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