A former retreat center for children with cancer will now become a Jewish community center, much to the chagrin of residents who live near the facility.The Aspen City Council on Monday unanimously approved converting the former Silver Lining Ranch at the end of Ute Avenue into the Jewish Community Center (JCC)…Opponents argued that Ute Avenue is dangerous and already heavily burdened with traffic generated from the Aspen Club & Spa. Supporters said it’s a more suitable location than the original facility, which was going to be built on Main Street where the L’Auberge D’Aspen cabins now sit…While they acknowledged traffic is a major issue on Ute Avenue, council members agreed the ranch is the right fit for the Jewish center.
By Carolyn Sackariason, May 12, 2009, Aspen Times

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