Some late suggestions
October 8, 2007
It is regrettable that we have probably lost a hotel, but you had no choice under the circumstances. I feel that John Sarpa was ill-served by his principals and allies. Centurion was too little too late by waiting three and a half years with meaningful concessions. In the meantime, the Limelight fiasco turned the town against megaprojects. They were in a weak bargaining position with the ski company who were all takers and should have helped Centurion with the remediation expense. Skico probably profited from land sales and was offered a needed replacement cable for free. Instead of helping Sarpa, they planted stupid stories in the newspapers, which insulted everyone’s intelligence. The travel people harped about lost pillows without counting all the existing fractional replacements and other planned beds in Aspen and Snowmass. The city staff was so obviously biased that they did a disservice to their cause, creditability and our citizens’ welfare.
It is probably too late, but I would like to suggest that some informal messages be sent to the Skico to the effect that the council would entertain some type of compromise if they would help Centurion offset some of his expenses. I like Mick’s idea that the lift should go to near the bottom on the existing old right of way. In this event the added costs may not be too high especially with the same alignment, perhaps reusing the existing bottom wheel. This lower entry point would obviate the need for ice melt. The new Holland House owners may be put off, but on the other hand, you and the Skico would certainly be able to offer some offsetting concessions ” i.e., with the loading wheel on city property, the Skico could pay for the lengthening itself from the proceeds of land sales to the new Holland House owners. This $5 million or so in savings would help Centurion offset a further 15 percent downsizing and reduce the worker count. Perhaps this type of collective effort should be considered before the Holland House submission gets too far along. Time is of the essence.