- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Affordable housing - or lack thereof - has the Aspen Historical Society looking to split its lot to build employee housing and generate additional revenue.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1aKcMvx ) the society filed an application requesting permission to rezone part of its property, including the historical Wheeler-Stallard mansion, which was built in the 1880s by an early investor in the city’s silver mines, in favor of a duplex for employees. The remaining land would be converted to transferable development rights lots, which the society wrote would be sold for additional funding.

The application cites a lack of affordable housing in Aspen, especially in the historical neighborhood, which creates a challenge when hiring and maintaining employees and interns.

In 2005 the historical society made a similar request which was denied.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com

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