Prevent ‘Moster Homeville’
August 30, 2007
Are you kidding me? It’s going to take two committees, a consultant, a public defender and $206,000 to figure out whether a property in Aspen that’s at least 30 years old has historic significance?
It is my understanding that the reason Ordinance 30 was passed was because too many homes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s were being demolished. It is my observation that the homes being demolished were once homes to families whose kids have moved on and the owners are ready to retire, but somewhere other than Aspen. Who can blame them for wanted a platinum nest egg to retire on? However, places like the Cemetery Lane area are quickly turning into Monster Homeville, where mansions are replacing family homes. Red Mountain continues to build not second homes but estates that rival the White House.
In the past, Aspen City Council has shown how it can talk from both sides of their mouths by being serious about global warming and approving monster, energy-sucking homes at the same time. Is the newly elected City Council headed in the same direction? Instead of wasting time and money on historically designating homes, I suggest the City Council start taking the employee housing shortage more seriously. If there is money to be spent, spend it on developing new neighborhoods within the city limits that are attractive to families who want to live in the community that was once Aspen.