Snowmass Sticks with Gary Suiter for Now
The Snowmass Village Town Council voted 3-2 not to reopen the search process for a full time town manager at
Snowmass OK’s $25,000.00 for Mastodon Planning Efforts
The Snowmass Village Town Council agreed Monday to a $25,000 funding request from Snowmass Discovery, a
critical step as the organization formulates short- and long-term plans to showcase the trove of ice age finds
unearthed above town in 2010.
Tom Cardamone, Snowmass Discovery’s executive director, told council members that the money will go toward
hiring a renowned museum consulting firm to perform a $50,000 feasibility study.
CLOSED – Village Market
For 35 years, Village Market has been a part of the Snowmass Village culture. On Saturday 4/13 at 8 p.m., the
grocery store shut its doors for the last time. Related Colorado, the company that owns the property where the
market is located, did not renew Village Market lease and chose Clark’s Market to replace the grocery store in a
bidding process for the space. Clark’s Market Snowmass is scheduled to open in late June or early July.
Related Colorado will Reopen Talks for Base Village in Snowmass
Related Colorado will withdraw an application to extend some of its development rights in Base Village and
instead reopen broader talks with Snowmass Village about getting the stalled project back on track, according to
town and company officials.
Aspen Skiing Co. was prepared to buy Building 5 from Related and build a 102-room hotel at Base Village but
canceled the plan last month. Skico released a statement at the time saying it wasn’t confident that Related and
the town of Snowmass Village were making enough progress on Base Village planning to ensure that Skico could
receive a certificate of occupancy when its finishes the hotel. Related would have to meet certain conditions
before the hotel could open.
“We would hope to return to this conversation if and when there is more certainty about the overall
development plans for Base Village in Snowmass,” Skico said. Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the company has
nothing to add to the prior statement at this time. Council members welcomed the news that talks on Base
Village’s future would resume with Related Colorado.
Skico Nixes Townhomes Application
Aspen Skiing Co. has withdrawn its application to move forward with the Fanny Hill Townhomes, a 10-unit
development approved in Snowmass Base Village.
In December 2010, Skico applied to remove a condition of the approval that blocked construction of the
townhomes until certain other buildings in Base Village were completed. Town Council resisted approving the
application at the time, and the review has been continued every year since in order to keep it alive.
Related Colorado also has said it will withdraw its most recent application, which is to extend its development
rights in Base Village beyond its November expiration date. Company representatives have said they want to
begin a broader discussion with the town about the future of the project, although on April 21, Town Manager
Gary Suiter said Related had not yet requested a meeting with the council.
Sales Tax Dollars Down in February – Up 2.1% Overall
Sales tax revenue in Snowmass Village was down 2.6% in February from the same month last year according to a
report from the town Finance Department. These figures are based on the 1% sales tax collections. Source:
Snowmass Village Finance Department. Tourism Group sales director, Fred Brodsky attributes the difference to
an unusually strong group base in 2013. Occupancy was also down 2.6%. However, Sales tax collections for the
2013-14 season are pacing 2.1 ahead of last year.