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Supporting the Aspen Club redevelopment

Dear Editor:I am fully supportive of the Aspen Club and Spa redevelopment project titled Aspen Club Living. The project is a progressive landmark concept that combines holistic health with sustainable development. While the issue pertains largely to land use, I remind the governing leaders of our community who is at the helm of this project. Michael Fox is a respected businessman, he is compassionate, trustworthy, savvy, and has the interests of the community at mind. Michael has been responsive to the concerns of neighbors, P&Z and City Council throughout the process. One of the most appealing aspects is the project’s acceptance into the prestigious LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) pilot program. The project is aligned with the Aspen Area Community Plan with regards to transportation through the submission of a comprehensive traffic study; offering affordable employee housing; managing growth; creating a low impact development that will wind up with a smaller carbon footprint than the buildings that exist today; while providing economic sustainability by serving as an integral part of the Aspen community. The Aspen Club is one of the few institutions left in town that encourages people in the community to gather, employing more than 200 individuals, serving 1,800 members who are mostly local, and accommodating weekly visitors involved with Aspen Sports Medicine, All Valley Women’s Care, the Spa and Salon, Aspen Cycling and countless other programs. The Aspen Club and Spa also provides a platform for charities valley-wide to inspire and raise critical funds to sustain their programs. I firmly believe in Michael’s commitment to see the project through while upgrading the existing 30-year-old facility and ensuring that it remains a community asset for years to come. Aspen Club Living is an opportunity to provide a world class body, mind and spirit center combined with leading medical practitioners and cutting-edge technologies that can only expand the Aspen brand. The Aspen Club and Spa continues to impact my life. Twice a week I walk on their newest AlterG anti-gravity treadmill – a revolutionary approach to rehabilitation and athletic conditioning. With the use of this device and for the first time in 18 years of paralysis I am able to walk in the most normal unrestricted gait. I defy gravity in a pressure regulated machine and with determination I am able to work towards regaining function like never before. I am achieving something I never imagined possible. With such state-of-the-art technology, the Aspen Club and Spa stands out from the rest. It is the only facility within a 100-mile radius that owns an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. I am reminded with sobering tears that I can be beautiful in my tallness and with a little help from my friends at the Aspen Club and Spa I can make my dreams my reality one baby step at a time. I encourage the Aspen City Council to please support Michael Fox and the Aspen Club Living project. Amanda BoxtelBasalt


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