Make Gorsuch Haus happen
Dear City Council,
Aspen should already be enjoying the benefits of a totally revamped second portal onto Aspen Mountain, already enjoying a five-star hotel at the top of Aspen Street, already enjoying a new high-speed quad up to Ruthies and already celebrating a winning chance to host FIS races on a regular basis. But because of the short-sightedness of previous city councils, we continue to have a moribund, dilapidated part of town; and the current construction of 14 townhouses won’t cure this problem.
Gorsuch Haus is our last chance to have a fully integrated redevelopment at the top of Aspen Street and one which will serve our community for the rest of this century, so please use your authority to help move this project forward.
The hotel will provide beds exactly where the city needs them most: slopeside. The hotel and the new chairlift will help rebalance Aspen to where it was historically — before the gondola pulled the center of gravity east.
Will Gorsuch Haus be bigger than nearby residences? Sure! Is the Wheeler Opera House bigger than the old Aspen Times building next door? Sure, but we love them both! After the protracted battles over the mass and scale of the St. Regis, does anyone even notice the St. Regis today? No! And it will be the same with Gorsuch Haus.
This is a truly local project. Bryan Peterson and Jeff Gorsuch are Aspen. The Aspen City Council on behalf of its citizens should support them wholeheartedly.
Also, as for the new chairlift, we can rely on Aspen Skiing Co. to place it where it best serves its skiing patrons.
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We are writing to bring to the community’s attention an effort called the Mountain Migration project sponsored by two well-established policy organizations, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and Colorado Association of Ski Towns.