Negotiating the AAM proposal, or not
September 17, 2010
In response to a letter from Karen Mitchell concerning the seeking of common ground between the art museum and the Aspenites who are opposing the proposed building, I would like to clarify the events that led up to the swelling of opposition to the project.
On Aug. 15, as the opposition was gathering strength, the mayor invited a few people, who had expressed their opposition to the building at the public hearing that preceded council’s approval, to a meeting at his house “to discuss this and see if there is a possible resolution.” He went on to point out that “this is not a public meeting, invitation only.” The invitation went on say that he “believed that it is in the community’s interest to see if a resolution can be obtained without lengthy and costly court proceedings.”
That appears to be a worthwhile approach. However, it was reported to me that compromise was not on the agenda. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, along with the mayor, was there only to try to convince their invited guests to join them rather than oppose them. The meeting, as reported to me, ended with Mrs. Zuckerman Jacobson telling the group that the museum had no intention of altering their plan, that they had their approvals and that the opposition could sue them. Then she walked out. It doesn’t appear that there is any compromise in the museum’s position.