Work together in Snowmass
It was very encouraging to see the Town Council chambers filled to capacity last week with concerned citizens in attendance at the commencement of the planning commission’s public hearing for the Base Village preliminary application.
Based upon the public comments from those in attendance and the huge volume of written comments from both full- and part-time residents, it appears that there is significant widespread community support for the new Base Village development concept, but there is a great deal of concern and negative comment over the proposed height, mass, scale and density of the project.
Between now and the next planning commission public hearing on this subject, scheduled for today, it would behoove Intrawest and the Skico to take serious note of these concerns and comments and be prepared to present substantial revisions to its current proposal in order to bring this project more in line with the expectations and desires of the community.
For obvious reasons, the mall owners/landlords have been the loudest negative voice regarding Base Village. They have consistently rejected numerous invitations to participate positively and creatively in the process that would ensure a truly integrated and complimentary tri-nodal commercial core (consisting of Base Village, the mall and Snowmass Center).
We would strongly encourage Intrawest and the Skico to either partner with the mall owners or to purchase their ownership interests in the mall so that Base Village can proceed as a truly integrated and complementary project.
The mall could then be redeveloped with the addition of a significant number of residential hot beds, resulting in a further substantial reduction in Base Village residential density. This would easily bring the Base Village design in line with the desires and wishes of the community at large.
Hopefully, all interested parties and stakeholders in this community will work together to bring this project to fruition. Without Base Village in the near future we are doomed to be eaten up by all the other competitive resorts that have already completed or are in the process of substantial redevelopment in order to lure our residents and guests to their resorts.
Our unique lifestyle in this community and our property values, which have increased substantially over time, will be maintained and continue to grow only if we make sure that Snowmass Village remains economically viable well into the future. That is what Base Village is intended to accomplish, and in our opinion it will do so.
Mel D. Blumenthal, president
Enclave Homeowners Association
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