It’s a BurlinShame
Dear Editor:On this Valentine’s Day, no matter how you sugarcoat it, the proposed beleaguered Burlingame projects are a sweetheart deal for the Zoline family. It’s a Pandora’s box of chocolates for Aspen citizens – as Forrest Gump said, “You never know what you are going to get.” How true.Currently the city of Aspen has not completed accurate studies of impacts that the proposed Burlingame projects will impose on the entire community. Despite this, tonight, City Council plans to approve these highly controversial developments by annexing Bar/X Ranch, which will effectively burden taxpayers with multimillions of dollars of undisclosed expenses.Tonight is the final public hearing on the proposed Burlingame projects surreptitiously called: Bar/X annexation, AMCORD/AVLT annexation, Stage Road aka Bar/X subdivision final PUD and initial city zoning.I will not be in attendance. There is no point. City Council members have made it undisputedly clear how they will vote tonight. Like so much of the history of this project, this public hearing is merely a legal gesture toward the public process. The outcome has all been predetermined long ago.Instead, I, and many others, await the referendum that will address the annexation of the Bar/X Ranch on which these and other projects would be built: the Burlingame housing projects, the Zoline free market component and the Bar/X Ranch compound subdivision. What a BurlinGame, what a BurlinShame.Stephanie SoldnerAspen
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