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Letter: Power House proposal brings values

Power House proposal brings values

As residents of Oklahoma Flats, I would like to add my family’s support to the multi-use Aspen Power Plant Proposal for the Old Power House/art museum site. Arriving in 1985, we realize that some have resided much longer in this secluded niche, nestled along the Roaring Fork in downtown Aspen; however, we are by no means newcomers. We have witnessed firsthand the transition of our neighborhood from a tranquil, wooded enclave into a neighborhood crowded with what one local newspaper described as a gaggle of “starter castles.”

The idea of locating a Euro-style biergarten with food service, event hall, office space and TV studio in this historic structure along the sleepy banks of our winding river, just across the bridge from Theatre Aspen, would provide a delightful addition to our community and our neighborhood, not to mention adding substantially to our property values. I say this recognizing that our wonderful community too often values all we posses only in monetary terms. I am speaking to the enjoyment value this proposal brings to the table and our neighborhood.

After all, the reason most of us came and stayed in this magic valley was all about enjoying everything that our historic mountain community has to offer. That is the real value that most of us cherish and what makes Aspen such a wonderful place to visit and call home. With ample on-site parking and just across the park from city parking and the downtown restaurant and retail district, simple rules regarding hours and noise levels could make such an alpine biergarten retreat a very special and appropriate addition to the vanishing values our village has long cherished.

Gerry, Chris and Matthew Goldstein


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