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How to save the Given

Dear Editor:

If it is not too late,

1. City transfers Youth Center property (at appraised value, say $15 million) to Aspen Art Museum and provides construction approvals for its earlier planned building for this site.

2. AAM pays state $15 million.

3. State transfers Given to city (city is deemed to swap one property for another of near equal value, hence authorization).

4. City provides construction approvals for owner/developer’s commercial building on Wienerstube site and lawsuit dismissed with prejudice.

5. State reimburses prospective Given developer for land planning and legal fees.

Additional:

A. Gram Slaton and Wheeler Box Office operate, manage and maintain Given (bookings, tickets, money flow and settlements, and management and repairs) for little or no money from city.

B. State agrees to continue to direct all medical seminars, conventions, etc., to the Given for fair market rental.

C. Wheeler books other shows, conventions, seminars, etc., in the Given (total savings, etc., of a, b and c to remove or reduce $200,000 shortfall)

D. Public gratitude and support to AAM, Wienerstube owner/developer, city and the Wheeler for saving the Given.

Joe Myers

Aspen


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