Applause for Limelite | AspenTimes.com

Applause for Limelite

Dear Editor:It was gratifying to us that the Aspen City Council has finally approved the conceptual plan for the redevelopment of the Limelite property – although we find it difficult to understand their apparent reluctance to do so. This is particularly so in view of the stated goal of encouraging longer stays in Aspen.The plan submitted by the Paas-Wollery family is certainly intended to do just that and fills a need that is not addressed by any other Aspen project, either approved or in the planning stage. That there is a void in this type of accommodations is apparent, and our own recent experience is a case in point.We owned a vacation condo in Aspen for many years and later moved to a home in Basalt full time. Last year we sold our home and moved to Denver with the intention of vacationing in Aspen for much of the summers and winters. At our stage of life we did not wish to tie up assets in purchasing an apartment, so we decided that renting was best for us.We soon found that moderately priced accommodations were extremely scarce and that it was virtually impossible to find one that took our pets. Fractional ownership or timeshare is very expensive (even if we could find a pet-friendly unit) and is not feasible for longer stays. We wished to spend about six weeks each season and were not willing to be away from our pets for that long a period.Fortunately the Limelite was available, and we are happily enjoying this summer, as well as looking forward to next winter, in this very pet-friendly establishment that suits our needs perfectly. We also found that there are many others like us, both with and without pets, spending the entire summer here.Enough has been written or said about the contributions of the Paas family to this community that need not be repeated here. However it should be noted that this project is not being proposed by a deep-pocketed developer, such as the operators of the St. Regis or the Hyatt, but by a well-respected local family.It would have been easy for them to simply cash in their chips, as others have done, by selling out to a developer who would probably use the property for high-end luxury units or fractional ownership. They should be applauded for their willingness to take the much more difficult route by going forward with this project. We sincerely hope that they will receive final approval without being unduly burdened by conditions. We look forward to spending our summers and winters at the future Limelite.Bob and Carole KreisDenver

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