Contrary to letters recently published in the Snowmass Village Sun from Lynda Palevsky and Ted Grenda, putting their own personal spin on my published opinions and comments, although I’m clearly a supporter of Base Village I have at every opportunity, in writing and public comment at planning commission and Town Council meetings, expressed my concerns regarding the enormity of the project and the attendant negative aspects that may result from a project of such enormous scale, mass, height and density.
However, as opposed to those in the community who merely express their negative views concerning growth of any kind, I and those I represent, as well as many others in the village who also support this project, are working diligently along with the planning commission, Town Council, Aspen Skiing Co. and Intrawest to modify the original Base Village plan so as to bring it more in scale with the expectations and desires of all full- and part-time residents and our guests.
Our experience to date indicates that the town officers, departments, staffs and the applicants are ready, willing and anxious to address our concerns in order to make this development one that we will be comfortable living with as well as reviving what is a rapidly dying commercial core and loss of our destination resort appeal.
I have been an active participant in the review and approval process from its inception and I have not seen any evidence of a rush to push this project to final approval by the planning commission or the Town Council as alleged by a small group of people intent on killing this project.
The review has and continues to be thorough and detailed and in accordance with all applicable planning and development codes and community plans. The process is open to all who wish to participate.
I have criticized those who are attempting to kill the project without making any attempt to address specific problems and concerns that would make this project more compatible with the Snowmass Village environment.
This group has not offered any viable alternatives to the Base Village project nor have they presented any other plan that will ensure that Snowmass will meet its stated goal of becoming a premiere family destination resort.
If we do not work together to achieve this objective, the economic and lifestyle investment that we all have made in Snowmass will continue to deteriorate.
If this occurs the economic support necessary to maintain all of the recreational and lifestyle amenities that we all dearly cherish in Snowmass will rapidly disappear.
My primary mission in all my writings on this subject has been and continues to be to encourage everyone in the Village to actively participate in a positive and creative manner in the review and approval process.
Mel D. Blumenthal, president
Enclave Homeowners Association
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