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Letter: Please get out and vote

I want to begin by thanking the members of this community for being involved in the process and making their voice heard. Each vote cast is a statement for what you believe in, and that is never a bad thing. As long as people show up and vote, the community wins no matter the outcome. I have made all of my decisions since the moment Base Lodge was conceived in what I believe to be the best interest of Aspen, the town and the resort. The concept was inspired by the Aspen Area Community Plan and the city's top 10 goals. It was not my original plan for the property but it is what the city asked for and I am both committed and excited to do it.

The Aspen Area Community Plan lists the creation and support of a diverse lodging base to be one of its top challenges. I truly want to be part of the solution and put my best foot forward in Aspen. There has been plenty of drama in this process — I have been tagged as an outsider, someone not a part of this community, but in fact I call this place home along with my family and plan to stay here. My kids are in the Aspen schools and they proudly skate for Aspen Hockey. If we as a community believe that replenishing our lodging base is important then we must work together to achieve that and this is my offering of assistance toward that goal. If this is what we want and need as a ski town, then I need your help.

Base2 isn't perfect, no project is. The trade-offs associated with this project are in the pursuit of community goals and the betterment of our town.

Base2 fits. It respects its surroundings and compliments the neighborhood. I am inspired by Base, a concept designed to honor the traditions of great, small, mountain town lodges and deliver great benefits to visitors and locals alike. I would be honored to have the people of this community give me the opportunity to build Base2.

No matter how the vote turns out, I will do my best to develop a great building at 232 Main St., regardless of what is inside. I want to hear from as many people as possible to truly gauge whether people want lodging or a commercial building on this site.

Please vote. It is not often that we all have a say in what gets built. It's not often that we get to vote on an issue that is so directly connected to the heart and soul of Aspen: opening our doors to the next generation and our relevance as a ski town.

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For more information, please visit yesonbase2.com

Mark Hunt

Aspen