Redevelopment plan decried as ‘insulting’ …“We are strongly opposed to this proposal as it stands,” said Tom Cardamone, executive director of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Cardamone said the best solution lies in creating a consortium willing to buy the property from the university and protect it for conservation purposes. The university hopes to complete the sale of the property by late February or March, forcing a time crunch for city planners and those in the community who want to shape its future development.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — A proposal by an unidentified buyer to redevelop The Given Institute property was roundly criticized Tuesday during a joint meeting of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.A majority of both boards — and more than a dozen community members who spoke during the public hearing portion of the meeting — used terms like “offensive,” “insulting” and “excessive” to describe the plan, which involves subdividing the 2.25-acre property into four lots.Three of the lots would be turned into residential properties for luxury homes. The fourth, containing the 12,000-square-foot Given building designed by modernist architect Harry Weese, would have a one-year option to allow time for it to be preserved as a community asset and protected with a historic designation.
By Andre Salvail, Jan. 6, 2011, Aspen Times

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