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Attention voters! Burlingame, the lot, is not Burlingame, the ranch

Aspen Times staff report

City officials are hoping to make clear before election day the difference between Burlingame, the lot, and Burlingame, the ranch.

On next Tuesday’s city ballot, Referendum 2G will ask voters to authorize the sale of a 37-acre lot at the Burlingame ranch.

“There is confusion with the lot because when people hear `Burlingame,’ they automatically think of the side where the Maroon Creek Club is,” said city councilman Tony Hershey. “People don’t get that it’s just an itty-bitty piece of the entire ranch. People think that the whole property is up for sale and that’s just not what’s happening.”

The city purchased the 219-acre Burlingame ranch to develop as employee housing, paid for with housing/day-care funds. But land surveys found that the portion west of Highway 82, next to the West Buttermilk subdivision, is not suitable for medium or high density affordable housing.

The east side (or Maroon Creek Club side) of the Burlingame property is where the 225-unit Burlingame village is proposed and where the 100-unit seasonal Music Associates of Aspen project is under construction. No land on the east side would be impacted by the November ballot question.

The city council would like to sell 37 acres on the west side as a free-market lot. Steep slopes, airport noise and water-rights issues are a few reasons why the city staff and council members agreed that a single-family home would be more appropriate for the lot than an employee housing project.

The entire Burlingame ranch was purchased for $2.5 million. But if voters approve the question on Tuesday’s ballot, the city could recoup $800,000 to $1 million for the affordable housing program.

However, the free-market lot would not open the door for a complex of monster vacation homes. Deed restrictions have been written into the ballot question that would allow only one single-family home, a maximum floor area of 5,000 square feet, and a building height limit of 24 feet.

The entire council supports passage of the question. The council members agree that getting money from the lot sale would be the best way to get the most out of public housing dollars.


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