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Keep white elephant out of Aspen

Having owned a condominium at Lift One for 32 years, I was very interested in Janet Urquhart’s recent, well-written article, “A lift for the Lift 1A neighborhood?”

The concepts for improving the neighborhood with a pedestrian walkway along Dean Street, a ski museum in Willoughby Park and the re-establishment of Lift 1 access to Aspen Mountain all offer benefits to our residents and visitors.

However, the concept for The Lodge at Aspen Mountain as currently proposed ” with variance requests that trample current building guidelines for setbacks, height and density ” does not.

The alarm that resounds from the article’s section regarding this “1,000-pound gorilla” was the word “imposing.” As proposed, this development would create a grotesque imposition on our neighborhood. The results of the density factor would adversely impact traffic from the Aspen and Durant intersection to the base of the mountain.

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Alternatively, the establishment of a new set of building guidelines would change the character of not only our neighborhood, but the entire town of Aspen.

Appropriate change that benefits a neighborhood or community, while offering economic benefit to the developer, is a good thing. Let’s hope the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council require modifications to the existing request that help meet this goal and keep a 1,000-pound gorilla from becoming Aspen’s white elephant.

Allan P. LeChard

Grosse Pointe, Mich.


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