CHANGE IS AFOOT ON MAIN STREET – November 2023

By Judy Garrison

Was it 2007 when the excitement swirled about the possibility of worldwide upscale Aman Resorts purchasing the Broadlands property? There were architectural studies done, and then drama ensued about the ownership of Aman, founded by Adrian Zecha, but a few years later  taken over by a rich Russian named Doronin.* Meanwhile investors, in the form of LLCs, purchased a number of contiguous Main Street properties starting with Hogan’s General Store and moving east, as well as the historic corner store building, formerly the popular Cantina. And each buyer paying what we all considered to be way above market price. Perhaps the speculators, we speculated, really expected all property value to explode. Or maybe they had plans to convert the buildings to shops that would appeal to the high rollers staying at the resort. Well, that purchase of Broadlands never materialized. It could have been the world financial crisis that shattered the economy in 2008, or perhaps it was the decision of the new owners of Aman to take it in different directions.

After all this time there is now movement to sell some of the properties. In a phone conversation with Andy Wos, a partner in these properties, this reporter was told that there is a signed contract on the Corner Store, something we’ve also heard “on the street.” 155 Main Street, where Dana Leal had lived, is for sale at a price of $389,000. There appears to be interest in the purchase of 173 Main Street, Merna Popper’s former home, which wasn’t officially on the market. And Andy has rented 131 Main Street, where Stephanie had her potting studio and shop. The good news is that it looks like we will be welcoming another potting studio plus shop to these very premises.~

* He alleged libel and defamation when an Aspen Times columnist referred to him as an “oligarch,” so I will stick with “magnate.” If readers want to dig a bit into the sensational details of Aman Resorts, then and now, to learn about Aman junkies and how Doronin called his partner Amanat a “serial swindler,” we suggest a search using some of the names mentioned, perhaps including the blog curbed.com of New York Magazine.~