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Letter: Renovation not worth it

We residents of the Aspen Country Inn are hearing that the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority and the city of Aspen are planning to relocate all residents while the city does a remodel of the Aspen Country Inn. The remodel is not being proposed for health or safety reasons, such as at Truscott, where about 20 residents are being relocated while some structural elements are fixed.

The remodel at the inn is only for cosmetic reasons, so the complex will look good for the money people who will refinance it when the city buys it from the private investment group that has owned it since 1999. This means that the city of Aspen is treating 40-some Aspen Country Inn residents, about half of whom are seniors, as disposable pawns on the city’s chess board. The housing authority apparently thinks that looking good for money’s sake is more important than the peace of mind of the residents in a complex that does not need a remodel.

A remodel is what the county library is undergoing. It’s a reconfiguration of the entire interior and parts of the exterior. What’s to remodel at the Aspen Country Inn? My apartment has been my home for 16 years, and I like it the way it is, and I do not want to move out even temporarily.

The housing authority people need to do some serious rethinking. The city and the housing office work for us — we are not your pawns.

Even if the city of Aspen does have all the money in the world to spend on unnecessary projects, this remodel should not go through. It would cause disruption and destroy the peace of mind of all residents. And for what? So the city of Aspen can “look good”?

Bah, humbug!