Controversial partner is withdrawing from Aspen project Association with ‘Toxic Bob’ created P.R. challenge for development firm
ASPEN — A controversial mining magnate, Robert Freidland – locally known as “Toxic Bob”, has bailed out of a development project, Celestial Land Co. in the Maroon Creek Valley that turned into a nasty public relations battle for his company…The adjacent landowners in one of Aspen’s wealthiest neighborhoods objected to the project on environmental grounds. Tom and Margot Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, said in documents submitted to the county that Celestial’s proposed house is in a hazard area where debris has spilled down a gulch three times in the last eight years. They are concerned the construction of the new house could affect their property. Four other homeowners in the area have expressed similar concerns.
By Scott Condon, Sept. 9, 2009, Aspen Times