Aspen Club issue land-related |

Aspen Club issue land-related

Dear Editor:

Tim Cooney makes a very rational case for not approving the requested variances for the Aspen Club (Soapbox, July 27). The abbreviated argument is that the requested land use for commercial lodging is simply not compatible with the neighborhood character, zoning and master plan.

It has nothing to do with whether Michael Fox is a nice guy or that the club serves a market purpose ” and it is a MARKET purpose, not a public purpose.

The prospect of closing the club is a false issue. If there is a need for such a facility, the market will satisfy it in another location if the Aspen Club closes up shop. (Indeed, the city itself can satisfy the need at an expanded ARC!)

The land-use issue is the relevant one, and the proposed use is not appropriate to a residential neighborhood. The issue is land use; it is not an issue about the nature of the club or its purported popularity.

James DeFrancia


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