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A surprise from ACES

Dear Editor:The proposed conveyance of a portion of the Hallam Lake Preserve by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to the city of Aspen for building a multiunit affordable housing complex came as a great surprise to me. In 1995, Elizabeth Paepcke’s estate designated the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve as a gift for all of Aspen’s citizens to enjoy and protect for future generations.The need for affordable housing should not circumvent the conditions of Mrs. Paepcke’s original gift. As a citizen of Aspen, I understand and honor her generosity, and its importance to Aspen and the surrounding communities. I strongly question why the ACES board of directors and the city of Aspen are ignoring the legal stipulations of Mrs. Paepcke’s gift. What are they thinking?Judith NeisserAspen

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