Letter: Bring brewery to Old Power Plant
I’m writing to express my enthusiastic support for the Aspen Power Plant proposal put forward by the Aspen Brewing Co. and Aspen 82. As an 11-year resident and young professional, it is my hope that the Aspen City Council will listen to the Aspen Power Plant’s thousands of supporters, including many key community leaders. As Aspen’s population ages, the possibility of an incubator with office and conference room space that can be affordably leased in the short term so that visitors and locals can work remotely is incredibly appealing. This type of space will put Aspen on the map as a community that nurtures entrepreneurship and values collaboration. We don’t currently have a space where visitors can work remotely and interact with locals, and that disappoints a lot of people. The brewery is quickly outgrowing its current home, as anyone who’s been there on a Friday night can attest. Having a brewery on the banks of the river where visitors and guests alike can enjoy a locally crafted beer is the perfect use of that sunny, beautiful space. Let’s choose a group that will bring year-round vitality to the old Aspen Art Museum’s location. With small nonprofits and Aspen 82 based there, alongside the brewery (which happens to be packed throughout both the spring and fall offseasons), the Aspen Power Plant proposal is the obvious choice.
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