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Letter: Whatever happened to logic?

Let’s assume that the Aspen City Council erred in who they awarded the prized Old Power House building (former Aspen Art Museum) because they didn’t consider that the R-30 zoning would not allow for some of the proposed uses for the building like the events business and Aspen Brewing Co. They could have said, “Whoops, we made a mistake, so we’ll keep the incubator and allow one of the other applicants, like the Science Center, to share the space and thereby avoid all conflicts with the neighborhood and Theatre Aspen.” Reasonable approach, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s where the plot thickens: Isn’t it coincidental that the city just went back some 20 years and conveniently discovered another zoning for the property which would allow the city to move forward with the brewery and vents proposal? And isn’t it quite unconventional that City Attorney Jim True interprets the new zoning findings to allow a commercial brewery and vents component that could host evening soirees for X Games parties, weddings and other conflicting residential uses, as “appropriately considered an accessory use to the nonprofit.”

Aspen has many other established food operations that are more complementary to the nonprofit like Peach’s, Victoria’s, Tasters, Jour de Fete, Poppycocks, Spring Cafe, Annette’s, and others I may have missed, that could not only feed the incubator group, but also the many locals and tourists strolling the Rio Grande Trail. I doubt that the neighbors would object to any of those eating establishments.

I also fail to see True’s logic that the party throwing the event operation has anything in common or would be an “accessory” to the incubator. Are the occupants of the incubator space going to benefit from parties that they are aren’t even invited to?

Mel Ronick


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