What the fuss is about
Dear Editor:Thanks to Andy Stone, former editor of The Aspen Times, for taking the time to stop by city hall to look at the plans for the controversial new recycling “center” (Wack-a-mole at Rio Grande, Aug. 3). Andy writes, “The plans look so innocuous. What’s all the fuss about?”The fuss is not about the recycle center itself. It’s about the rezoning to allow two new buildings to be built (during a city moratorium) in the park. The recycle center for the past 17 years has been in the great outdoors. The two new buildings are L-shaped and eliminate one of the two current entrances/exits into the center.Let’s take a tour of the current recycle center site. After we finish, I hope you will be able to understand why 692 signatures were collected asking for the right to vote on the rezoning to allow two 20 ft. buildings in the recycle center.Let’s measure how long, wide and tall the buildings will be. Then, let’s do a drive test. I’ll drive the pick-up truck with the cardboard from one of our local restaurants and you can drive the pick-up truck with a trailer full of residential grass clippings. Currently, we can drive in one entrance, drop off our load and keep going straight out a second exit. Once the two new buildings are built, there will be only one entrance into the recycle center which will also double as the exit. Do you want to go first?As for the architectural design of the L-shaped building, it really is a sleek looking building complete with ramps, walls, stairs and a curved roof which drops right into the skateboard park. Apparently, bets are on as to who will be the first skateboarder to successfully navigate the Recycle Center roof into the skateboard park bowls and then ride down the handicapped ramp without winding up on Rio Grande Street.As for the unsightliness of the current center, the mud problem can be fixed with asphalt. The ugly old recycling containers can be replaced by brand new designer/decorator “Aspen-green” containers. Trees can hide the recycling containers from Obermeyer’s new tenants. We can keep the existing drive-through which is easy, convenient and efficient.When would be a good time for you to test drive the new recycling center buildings?Toni KronbergAspen
On Monday night, the City Council listened to ideas for each old building. However, nothing laid out what the community space would actually entail — only aspirations and gathered community comment.