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Burlingame makes sense

Dear Editor:The Burlingame project makes sense in bringing many positives to the affordable housing scene in Aspen. It is of a reasonable size and cost, it provides for needed real family housing, and the project design provides for preservation of sensitive lands and the Maroon Creek corridor. It limits the building of free-market homes. Open areas will be protected so that ranching can continue. The Maroon Creek corridor is protected from future development. Do we need more affordable housing? Yes! Just ask the many people who have not yet won housing through the local lottery process. They are still waiting.In 2000, 59 percent of the voters in Aspen advised the City of Aspen to enter into negotiations to pursue annexation and acquisition of the ranch for the construction of 225 units of affordable housing, and to preserve open space within the urban growth boundary. In good faith, the city has done that. Since that vote, many meetings have been held as the project went through the development and planning process. The city was joined by citizens in reviewing the project, and all were very involved in the final design and determination of where the housing would go on the site, what would be set aside for preservation, and how the neighbors would be impacted. The city did its job, and the result is a project of 236 housing units, many designed for families, plus 180 acres of protected land. The ranch will remain and open space dedicated.Burlingame is a good deal for Aspen as it provides housing for the people who make Aspen work: business owners and employees, teachers, fire and police people, city and county workers and people of all income levels. This is affordable housing we need to help keep locals working and living in Aspen. For my friends and yours who need affordable housing, and for the people who make Aspen the great place it is, I urge a “yes” vote on Burlingame on May 3.Warren KlugAspen

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