Letter: Give Base Village to the town
Mel Blumenthal, in a recent commentary, said Base Village should go back to Aspen Skiing Co. to fulfill its 2004 promises (“It’s all for your own good. Really,” Commentary, Aspen Daily News, Jan. 22). Remember me? I am the most experienced developer and builder in our little mountain village. Here is some thinking outside the box: Form a housing authority. Condemn Base Village as a nuisance. Buildings 7 and 8 are a joke and hurt business and values. Base Village should appraise for very little. Its concrete in place has deteriorated, and so have the incomplete Buildings 7 and 8.
Then put Base Village on the market for the very best proposal. The truth of the matter is that the Town Council really owns Base Village now. The Base Village mothership in New York knows that your first loss is always your cheapest loss. Related should give Base Village to the town of Snowmass Village and take a long vacation. The 2004 planned-unit-development ordinance is a loser. I am ready to go back into court to prove it’s useless.
Richard C. Goodwin