Land near Moore Open Space and Aspen Recreation Center ‘so important to us,’ Aspen Valley medical foundation official says

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Advocates of a continuing-care retirement center in Aspen have identified what they believe is the perfect site for the facility, off Maroon Creek Road, but it may face competing interest for its open space attributes…After exploring various sites, advocates settled on a piece of the 45-acre property owned by the Moore family, north of the Aspen Recreation Center and west of the existing Moore Open Space, acquired by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. It is on a bus line, near the ARC and close enough to town to keep seniors connected to the community.“We feel it’s so important to us. We really have reached the conclusion that no other property meets this criteria,” said Kris Marsh, executive director of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. The foundation is working with a local task force and the Pitkin County Senior Council on the project.A development company that was hired to assess local need for such a facility has concluded the demand exists, commissioners were told. The goal is to allow seniors to remain in the community; some can’t because there is no nursing home in Pitkin County (there is one in Carbondale) and the hospital’s assisted living facility, Whitcomb Terrace, offers just 15 units and has a waiting list.
By Janet Urquhart, July 7, 2010, Aspen Times

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