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A suspicious proposal

Dear Editor:Referring to the “Eco-friendly recycle center” (“City eyes eco-friendly recycle center,” June 20) concerning a COWOP group that has recently designed a development for the City Council to approve, it sounds suspicious. Why is this even a consideration when we have a building moratorium currently in effect!?The City of Aspen has made this development an exception to the moratorium ban. Per usual, the city has an agenda and is pushing it through. In fact, the city wants to change the land use code for this parcel in Rio Grande Park on June 26 (City Hall at 5 p.m. – public hearing) so that this building structure can be permanent. The site is currently zoned SPA (Specially Planned Area) because it is supposed to be used for parks and recreation use only.The proposed development will cost more than $750,000.00 and blocks views of Independence Pass and Aspen Mountain from the bike path and riverside (John Denver Memorial Park, Art Park, Skateboard Park and Residential Areas). Based on the city’s/county’s track record of managing building projects, (the Aspen Animal Shelter, to name one) the cost of this project will most likely exceed what is projected. All this compromise for a recycle drop-off site?There are other more appropriate locations to build this essential environmental center! The city should stay within the boundaries that it has already set for itself especially since the moratorium is in effect. This project was not in the pipeline before the moratorium and should not be an exception to the city rules, especially since it does not meet the letter of the city’s land use codes!Please come to the meeting next Monday evening. 6/26/06 at 5 p.m. to show your support to save the Rio Grande Park!”Gary MooreAspen

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