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Perfect for downtown Denver, not Aspen

Dear Editor:

We feel compelled to alert your readers to a current development proposal for the Wienerstube (also known as 307 S. Spring St. and 625 E. Hyman Ave.). The evolution of this proposed project has a long and complicated history, one that, if it weren’t for its head-turning mass and height, could easily cause one’s eyes to glaze over from all of its iterations and technical land-use code lingo.

Here is the bottom line: This coming Monday, March 3, the Aspen City Council is having a special meeting to most likely determine the fate of the development proposal, which includes a building that would occupy much of the block along the south side of the 600 block of East Hyman Avenue. The project proposal sports a dizzying variety of heights, mostly between 38 and 42 feet. For perspective, the next tallest building along that block of Hyman is 27-feet high and most are lower than that. As I heard a resident say at a recent public hearing on the matter, the proposal would be perfect in downtown Denver. In fact, it can easily be argued that the proposal does not fit the Aspen Area Community Plan’s requirement of measuring a proposed development’s scale, massing, and form against the context of the neighborhood.

Our family is concerned about the project’s looming, negative effects, including the Limelite-like trend it would set if approved, in a part of town that still has charm, views, ample sunlight, and what we feel is a wonderfully modest sense of what Aspen is under all the ritzy glitz.

If you are concerned about the sweeping changes that this proposal will have on one of Aspen’s remaining down-to-earth neighborhoods, please come to the meeting on Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m., and/or submit your comments to council.

Gesine, Jack, and Kristine Crandall

Aspen and Carbondale

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