The big tour
Dear Editor: At noon today the city of Aspen will be conducting a public tour of all the properties that are being reviewed under the proposed Civic Master Plan for development of some types of buildings. Some of the ideas are practical while others are not very practical. Please join the tour at noon, which starts in the Pitkin County Courthouse’s first floor to find out what the city is proposing for:• the entire Rio Grande Park;• Galena Plaza: the open space grassy area of the library park plaza above the parking garage;• Three city-owned asphalt parking lots in front of Community Banks and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s visitor center;• The former Zupancis property across from St. Mary’s Church;• The Aspen Art Museum;• The former youth center;• The park next door to the Wheeler Opera House;• SCI West: the buildings where Othello’s, the Laundromat and other service, commercial and industrial business’s are located;• ACRA’s visitor center;• The Pitkin County Library;• Shared meeting hall between city and Pitkin County;• Pedestrian routes along Main Street, Mill Street, Galena Street, Rio Grande Place;• The potential, new performing arts facility.If you can not make it to the tour, there will be a continued public hearing before Aspen’s Planning and Zoning Commission today at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall, downstairs. Public comments are welcome. This particular document (Civic Master Plan), if approved, will be one of the most powerful land-use guiding documents for the properties listed above. If you can not make the tour or the public hearing, please know that this civic master plan will also come before City Council in December. Toni KronbergAspen
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