RMI office, Willits hotel on schedule to be completed in 2015

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From the Aspen Times

A new hotel at Willits is on track to open at the beginning of next ski season, and the Rocky Mountain Institute plans to occupy its new office and Innovation Center near downtown Basalt by the end of 2015.

Both projects broke ground in October. A mild winter helped keep construction on schedule, according to representatives of both sites.

The crews working on the 113-room Elements by Westin hotel are close to starting interior work, such as extending the plumbing and electrical wiring, according to Ed Mace, CEO of Silverwest Hotel Partners. The company teamed with Willits owner and developer Mariner Real Estate Management to build the hotel.

The hotel also will have an indoor pool and hot tub as well as a fitness center. Mace said there will be two small retail spaces incorporated in the building. Basalt Bike and Ski will open a satellite operation in one space; the shop’s main store is located a couple blocks away. Bonfire Coffee will open a coffee bar, he said.

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