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Lift One wont lead to the 70s

Dear Editor:For 10 minutes I relished Cliff Weiss vision of what Lift One redevelopment could be (letters, Sept. 17). Then I remembered I cant afford a $15 beer or $25 glass of wine. And that is what a new bar/restaurant at Lift One will have to charge to cover fees and taxes.Unlike the blue little Nell building of the 1970s, whatever is built at Lift One will pay 100 percent housing impact fees, a new construction tax, higher utility charges to recoup the citys investment in a hydro plant and water conservation measures, open space mitigation, underwrite the cost of a new ski museum, build underground parking ($25,000 to $30,000 per spot) and pay the cost to build and operate people movers to get up and down the hill.The project will pay tap fees, planning fees, building permit fees and several high priced consultants to get the project through the COWOP, historical review, planning & zoning review and City Council review.Businesses also pay four times the property taxes of houses of the same value.Lift One wont give us back the 1970s. But you can be part of the 1970s for a couple of hours this Saturday. GrassRoots TV is the recipient of the proceeds of an Aspen State Teachers College Homecoming Dinner at Crystal Palace Grill at 5 p.m., Sept. 20. A movie created from film clips of 1970s will be shown at 8 p.m. at the Wheeler.Shellie RoyCommissioner candidate andGrassRoots TV board memberAspen

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