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Permits up at Snowmass building department

Katie Redding
Aspen CO, Colorado

SNOWMASS, Colorado ” Despite the recession, the town of Snowmass Village, Colorado is seeing an increased demand for building permits in 2009 over 2008, officials said.

Already this year the town has seen 17 building permit applications, said Genevieve Johnston, the town’s permit technician.

That’s compared to 13 in the first two months of 2008. The 2009 permits have brought in $13,000 for the building department, Johnston said.

“We’re staying hopeful,” she said.

However, none of those applications were for new construction, Johnston said. All 2009 building permit applications so far have been for remodels.

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That doesn’t mean there won’t be any new construction in Snowmass Village this year. But so far, the new construction appears to be dominated by Related WestPac, the Snowmass Village-based company currently constructing Base Village.

Related recently picked up four permits that it applied for in 2008, Johnston said. One is for Little Nell Residences Snowmass; another is for the second building at the Viceroy Resort and Residences; and two are for buildings in Sinclair Meadows, an employee-housing complex.

In addition to the remodel trend, Johnston said the Snowmass Village building department is seeing another trend this year: many applications from new contractors. She wasn’t sure, however, if that shows residents were hiring more out-of-town contractors.

But despite a hopeful beginning, the summer building climate may not be truly clear until May. Historically, most of the permit applications come in late spring, Johnston said. Last year the town saw 23 permits in May and about half that many in both March and April.

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