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Profit vs. preservation

Dear Editor:(This letter was originally addressed to the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission.)The only thing more shocking than the proposed development adjacent to the three small Victorians at the corner of Hunter and Hopkins is the response of the Historic Preservation Commission, as quoted in Thursday’s newspaper (The Aspen Times, Nov. 18).I hope that you will give this proposal careful consideration and will consider all of the adverse impacts this level of development and height will have – not only on these three remaining miner’s cottages, but on all of the surrounding historic structures.The project, as proposed, is more about maximizing development than it is about preservation. Surely one of the most historically intact blocks in town deserves a project that is more compatible in massing and scale than that which is proposed. Not only does the new development overwhelm the historic structures, it destroys the historic context and setting of the entire block. Please remember that you are charged with preserving Aspen’s architectural past and not with making sure the developer can maximize every square inch of development potential.Lisa MarkalunasAspen


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