Letter to Editor: Vote yes on Lift One

Editor:

I’ve heard a number of rumblings about various aspects of the Lift One Corridor proposal, but I have not heard anyone talk about what the alternatives would be. So I did a little research and this is what I learned:

Michael Brown’s original Lift One Lodge received approvals in 2011. The State of Colorado has a law preventing development rights from extending beyond 10 years. The existing approvals for Lift One Lodge are coming up on their expiration date. Mr. Brown put that project aside for two years, at the community’s request, in order to work with the city and other parties to create a corridor for Lift 1A to extend to Dean St. There is not enough time for Brown to start over with another new plan to bring the lift to Dean before the existing entitlements expire. Therefore, Brown would have no choice but to build the lodge that was approved in 2011.

The 2011 approvals are for the same size and heights for the Lift One Lodge buildings as the new proposal. The biggest and most unfortunate difference is that the two approved buildings are too close to each other to allow for a lift and ski return to go between them, per the Tramway Board’s requirements. Therefore, there could never be a lift to Dean St.

If Lift One fails, something else can and would be built on the Gorsuch Haus property. It could be single-family homes or condos with no public access.

Vote yes.

Terri Caine

Aspen

Sarah-Jane Johnson