Aspen Lumberyard Affordable Housing

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At the end of 2020 Aspen City Council had some concerns about the Lumberyard 310 unit conceptual master plan with 100% underground parking:

Previous Concerns: 1) Concerns over the use of 100% underground parking 2) Tight spacing between buildings 3) some concern about building heights and orientation 4) relocating ownership units to south end of site 5) noise mitigation 6) innovation through modular design and sustainable building facades 7) Demographics of target user mix (i.e., who is this houding for? 8_ Maintain a schedule for construction to begin in 2024

The current goal is to address City Council's concerns while maintaining the current aim:

Current Aim 310 Unts 432 Parking spaces, space for daycare center. A liveable, energy efficient community that reflects the values of the Aspen and PItkin County Community


Current PLanning ASsumptions 1) 10.5 Acre Site, 2) Airport, Hwy 82, Deer Hill, ABC, Mountain Rescue, and Annie Mitchell, 3) Program of 310 Affodrable Housing units 4) High density of 30+ units per acre, 5_ on-site resident parking for 432 cars, 6) COmbination of Rental and For Sale UNits, 7) Phased approach to construction over 10+ years, 8) First Phase construction start by 2024, 9) Sustainable and Resilient Design 10) Space for Childcare Center on Site


Project location image showing ASpen Airport Business Center, Highway 82, Mountain Rescue, and Aspen/Pitkin COunty Airport with the ASpen Lumberyard Property located next to mountain rescue across from the airport




Vision a stable, thriving affordable neighborhoof. Pedestrian friendly, envirnmentally sustainable, connected, and welcoming. Looks, lives and feels authentically Aspen!


Design Four parking analysis options include Lever, Hinge, Latch and Pivot.


LATCH PARKING ALTERNATIVE

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PIVOT PARKING ALTERNATIVE

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HINGE PARKING ALTERNATIVE

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FLANGE PARKING ALTERNATIVE

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LAND USE ACTIONS IN PROCESS

The design for the Lumberyard affordable housing facilities needs to be determined before a development application can be submitted. But there are two land use approval steps that must occur prior to submittal of the affordable housing development application. These two steps are necessary to assemble the project site. The project site currently consists of three parts as shown below:

Annexation of Mini Storage: The 3-acre Mini Storage site is outside Aspen City limits and meets the regulated requirements for annexation into the City of Aspen. Years ago, the City of Aspen likewise annexed the 4.7-acre Lumberyard property into the City. Since the 3-acre Mini Storage site was purchased by the City of Aspen in 2020, annexation of the Mini Storage property has not yet occurred. An annexation application has been drafted and will be submitted shortly. The annexation will follow the same process that the Lumberyard property followed years ago, and a temporary re-zoning will be applied to the parcel once annexed – this will facilitate the continued operation of the Mini Storage operation until the City phases that out as 2024 approaches. The annexation process will follow the City of Aspen municipal code requirements and will require public notice and public hearings per typical regulation by the City of Aspen Community Development Department. Staff plans to go ahead with this process unless directed by Council to delay this action.

Subdividing Undeveloped 2.8 Acres: The 2.8-acre undeveloped site was annexed into the City of Aspen years ago as part of the Burlingame Lot 1A property which covers all of Deer Hill. Because the 2.8-acre undeveloped area is still part of Burlingame Lot 1A, it must be subdivided from Lot 1A so that it can be joined with the balance of the Lumberyard property for the development of affordable housing. The Deer Hill conservation easement and the Bar-X Pre-Annexation Agreement are historical recorded documents which allow this area to be used for development of affordable housing, and the process requires approval by Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). Staff plans to go ahead with this process unless directed by Council to delay this action.

While these preliminary land use approval actions are in process, the Lumberyard project team will continue to develop the designs for affordable housing with input from Council and as informed by further community engagement. While the land use actions described above will prepare the site for the affordable housing development application submittal, these actions have no bearing on the ongoing design of the housing facilities and are being performed now due to necessity and time efficiency.

Interested in more information on the mini storage annexation? Download a DRAFT of the mini storage annexation here.

Click to watch the November 1st City Council Work Session Recording

At the end of 2020 Aspen City Council had some concerns about the Lumberyard 310 unit conceptual master plan with 100% underground parking:

Previous Concerns: 1) Concerns over the use of 100% underground parking 2) Tight spacing between buildings 3) some concern about building heights and orientation 4) relocating ownership units to south end of site 5) noise mitigation 6) innovation through modular design and sustainable building facades 7) Demographics of target user mix (i.e., who is this houding for? 8_ Maintain a schedule for construction to begin in 2024

The current goal is to address City Council's concerns while maintaining the current aim:

Current Aim 310 Unts 432 Parking spaces, space for daycare center. A liveable, energy efficient community that reflects the values of the Aspen and PItkin County Community


Current PLanning ASsumptions 1) 10.5 Acre Site, 2) Airport, Hwy 82, Deer Hill, ABC, Mountain Rescue, and Annie Mitchell, 3) Program of 310 Affodrable Housing units 4) High density of 30+ units per acre, 5_ on-site resident parking for 432 cars, 6) COmbination of Rental and For Sale UNits, 7) Phased approach to construction over 10+ years, 8) First Phase construction start by 2024, 9) Sustainable and Resilient Design 10) Space for Childcare Center on Site


Project location image showing ASpen Airport Business Center, Highway 82, Mountain Rescue, and Aspen/Pitkin COunty Airport with the ASpen Lumberyard Property located next to mountain rescue across from the airport




Vision a stable, thriving affordable neighborhoof. Pedestrian friendly, envirnmentally sustainable, connected, and welcoming. Looks, lives and feels authentically Aspen!


Design Four parking analysis options include Lever, Hinge, Latch and Pivot.


LATCH PARKING ALTERNATIVE

click image for more information


PIVOT PARKING ALTERNATIVE

click image for more information


HINGE PARKING ALTERNATIVE

click image for more information

FLANGE PARKING ALTERNATIVE

click image for more information


LAND USE ACTIONS IN PROCESS

The design for the Lumberyard affordable housing facilities needs to be determined before a development application can be submitted. But there are two land use approval steps that must occur prior to submittal of the affordable housing development application. These two steps are necessary to assemble the project site. The project site currently consists of three parts as shown below:

Annexation of Mini Storage: The 3-acre Mini Storage site is outside Aspen City limits and meets the regulated requirements for annexation into the City of Aspen. Years ago, the City of Aspen likewise annexed the 4.7-acre Lumberyard property into the City. Since the 3-acre Mini Storage site was purchased by the City of Aspen in 2020, annexation of the Mini Storage property has not yet occurred. An annexation application has been drafted and will be submitted shortly. The annexation will follow the same process that the Lumberyard property followed years ago, and a temporary re-zoning will be applied to the parcel once annexed – this will facilitate the continued operation of the Mini Storage operation until the City phases that out as 2024 approaches. The annexation process will follow the City of Aspen municipal code requirements and will require public notice and public hearings per typical regulation by the City of Aspen Community Development Department. Staff plans to go ahead with this process unless directed by Council to delay this action.

Subdividing Undeveloped 2.8 Acres: The 2.8-acre undeveloped site was annexed into the City of Aspen years ago as part of the Burlingame Lot 1A property which covers all of Deer Hill. Because the 2.8-acre undeveloped area is still part of Burlingame Lot 1A, it must be subdivided from Lot 1A so that it can be joined with the balance of the Lumberyard property for the development of affordable housing. The Deer Hill conservation easement and the Bar-X Pre-Annexation Agreement are historical recorded documents which allow this area to be used for development of affordable housing, and the process requires approval by Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). Staff plans to go ahead with this process unless directed by Council to delay this action.

While these preliminary land use approval actions are in process, the Lumberyard project team will continue to develop the designs for affordable housing with input from Council and as informed by further community engagement. While the land use actions described above will prepare the site for the affordable housing development application submittal, these actions have no bearing on the ongoing design of the housing facilities and are being performed now due to necessity and time efficiency.

Interested in more information on the mini storage annexation? Download a DRAFT of the mini storage annexation here.

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    If you were City Council deciding on the look and feel for the build environment on this property, what would you create on this property?  What limitations and opportunities would you consider?




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