Request denied to cut Aspen spruce |

Request denied to cut Aspen spruce

pitkin county correspondent

A stately Colorado spruce that, as City Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss quipped, might be older than he is, can’t be cut down to facilitate redevelopment of a Main Street property, the Aspen City Council agreed Monday.

The council voted unanimously to uphold the city parks department’s denial of a tree-removal permit for property owners Marshall and Susan Olsen.

The tree, at 701 W. Main St., is an estimated 75 to 80 years old and somewhere between 60 and 80 feet in height, making it among the oldest of its species in town.

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