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A monster on Main Street

Dear Editor:Twenty years ago, we bought a condo in Concept 600 on Main Street. We live in Hawaii, so what would draw us to Aspen? For us, the majesty of Aspen’s mountains is just as beautiful as our famous beaches. Now the recent Stage 3 redevelopment proposal is like a monster building that will forever block the views we treasure. This project is WRONG for the surrounding neighbors and WRONG for the citizens of Aspen.The present plan is totally out of character and does not fit in with the appearance of other Aspen buildings. Its big box look without any breaks in roof line places this development in a category of inappropriate commercial design. The developer ignored the fact that Stage 3 should be a beautiful building with trees and set backs that distinguish it on Main Street, the principal entrance to Aspen.I am writing to urge the residents of Aspen to walk down Main Street and view the story poles that mark this proposed “Monster on Main Street.” I urge the City Council to require the developer to submit a revised plan that shows more social responsibility. We should not sell out our mountain views for short term economic gain.Patsy Kanahele Hicks Honolulu, HI