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Aspen Club addresses neighbors’ concerns

Dear Editor:

My family has lived on Ute Avenue for almost 50 years. Years ago, it was an “out-of-town,” dirt lane, lined with mine shafts, horse barns, wrecked cars and a few residential cabins.

Over 40 years ago, Ute Avenue began a gentrification with dramatic development, including the Aspen Alps, the Gant, 1010 Ute, the Aspen Club, 777 Ute and other Ute Avenue developments and luxury homes.

Over the years, zoning has been changed to accommodate the many developments. And, interestingly, at least three of the current, large Ute Avenue complexes are essentially rental properties, with transient tenants, coming and going all the time.

From the quiet lane we all enjoyed 50 years ago, Ute Avenue has become a busy street, due to all of the developments, not just the Aspen Club.

Compared to the previous Ute Avenue developers, which have been highly disruptive to the neighborhood, I, as well as my other neighbors, was contacted by Michael Fox of the Aspen Club to discuss the project and hear our concerns. I certainly shared mine and feel that the Club tried to incorporate them into the plan.

As a staunch environmentalist, I am pleased that the proposed renovation and new construction will be LEED certified. I feel that the Club is a positive amenity to the community, welcoming local programs such as Sister Cities events, safe high school graduation night parties and many more.

At a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Ireland requested formal guarantees to the many community promises in the Club’s plan. With these guarantees, our family fully supports the approval of the Aspen Club Project.

Karinjo DeVore


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