Spring Building in Aspen ducks controversy, goes green

By Scott Condon - Aspen Times

September 2, 2012

ASPEN — Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a building that the developer is touting as one of the greenest in Aspen.

The Spring Building, at the corner of Spring Street and East Hopkins Avenue, features a green roof, living walls, a solar photovoltaic system for domestic hot water and geothermal wells that will help heat and cool part of the structure.

A crew from Rocky Mountain Green Roofs spent Thursday and Friday installing close to 1,000 flats that are one-by-two feet with an average of three plants per flat. Instead of a hot, black tar roof, the Spring Building's top will feature purple sage, Indian blanket, sweet William, coral bells, day lily, Russian sage, bearded iris, lemon thyme, coreopsis, coneflower, goldenrod and feather reed grass. The perennials will winter over and sprout anew in spring. ...continue »

The accidental redevelopment of Spring Street

By Catherine Lutz

August 6, 2011

A nondescript part of Aspen is getting a makeover

ASPEN, Colo—If you look at a map of downtown Aspen, the commercial core is defined as 17 blocks bounded by Main Street and Durant Avenue on the north and south, and Monarch and Spring streets on the west and east. (The core juts out one block on the southeastern end, with the block including City Market.) But while most of the core is in the “CC” zone district, which encourages high density and emphasizes retail and other high-traffic uses, Spring Street properties are in the C-1 zone district, which is meant to provide a transition between the commercial core and surrounding residential areas. Up until now, Spring Street has been somewhat of a no man’s land, with an odd mix of mostly retail on the southern end, several older office buildings, and a spatter of residential. ...continue »

Building boom hits downtown

by Chad Abraham - Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Monday, August 1, 2011

Given the din of hammers and drills, and the skyline of scaffolding and cranes, Aspen appears to be back to its pre-recession ways, development-wise.

There are at least seven major projects under way or about to be started downtown. Among them are the redevelopment of the historic building that houses Sandy’s Office Supply and Aspen Pediatrics; the old Cooper Street Pier space; the former Stage 3 theater site on Main Street; an overhaul at Spring and Hopkins, and the city’s facelift of the former Bentley’s at the Wheeler bar and restaurant. Also on tap are the Aspen Art Museum’s plans for new digs and the redevelopment of the property where the Wienerstube once stood. ...continue »