Letter: Put Gorsuch Haus on a shorter leash
It has been enormously encouraging to see that Aspen’s Community Development Department has made it clear that the initial application by the Gorsuch Haus folks is unacceptable as presented. In particular, the mass and height were identified by Community Development staff as areas of concern.
However, developers being, well, developers, Gorsuch partner Bryan Peterson’s response as published in both Aspen papers recently (“Gorsuch Haus will upgrade Lift 1 area,” Letters to the editor, The Aspen Times, Sept. 1; “Gorsuch Haus responds to community with redesign,” Letters to the editor, Aspen Daily News, Sept. 2) was pretty underwhelming.
Does Peterson really believe that making their oversized hotel 7 percent smaller properly addresses the issue of mass? Let’s get real; 7 percent is a bad joke!
And what about the outrageous height of just under 50 feet for which the developers plead? Remember, these guys are trying to build their monument to themselves right smack dab in the middle of Aspen’s ski run!
Currently, the height limit is half that — 25 feet — for the current zoning (conservation). Even if the land were rezoned to lodging, the limit would only rise to 28 feet.
Putting a 50-foot building on flat land would be egregious in itself, but to stick it high up on a hillside is an insult to our sensibilities.
I think the comments of the Community Development Department were thoughtful and well-reasoned and deserve serious consideration rather than token responses
But here’s the point: The ludicrous reach-for-the-sky approach of these developers ought to be a very good reason to absolutely not give them the license to deface the mountain that they would enjoy if they somehow won the right to having the land zoned as skiing!
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