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Local architect will boost economy

Dear Editor:

The Aspen City Council will make a decision (Monday, Feb. 9) on whether to award the architectural services contract for the next phase of Burlingame to Poss Architecture of Aspen, or OZ Architecture of Boulder. As residents of the city, we would hope that the council would award the contract to the well-respected local firm, Poss Architecture.

They were the architects for the first phase of Burlingame, and have valuable experience and knowledge from having designed the first phase. While there is a tendency to select the lowest bid, we would urge the City Council to take a closer look at the scope of services presented by the two architectural firms competing for the job. It would be upsetting if the contract was awarded to an out-of-town firm that didn’t fully comprehend all the costs associated with the project.

We believe City Council should seriously consider other factors – such as supporting local businesses and their employees in this difficult economy. The locals spend their money in our town, not in Boulder. The trickle-down effect from local employees spending their salaries in our community, by supporting local businesses and services, should not be underestimated. Additionally, when you look at the source of funding for affordable housing, it is derived from sales tax revenues, real estate transfer taxes and other funding sources that are generated in our community. We hope City Council will do the right thing and select the local architecture firm for Burlingame.

Diane Moore

Joel Sax


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