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Letter: Neighbors: Housing right for old library site

Yes, I fully agree with Kathy Trauger’s recommendation (as outlined in her excellent column in the Post Independent) that the best use for the old library parcel is the construction of new housing. Kathy makes a convincing case that new housing will be the best and optimum use of this parcel for our community and our newly beautified downtown core.

Here’s our perspective:

Marja and I have lived for 16 years in the historic, beautiful home directly across from the old library. And, in truth, we love living here even more today that than on the day that we moved here from Denver. The conveniences of living within walking or biking distance of our favorite restaurants, stores and parks and public and medical services are a daily source of pleasure and gratitude.

Over the years we have become friends with many members of our greater community up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. And many friends, especially in retirement and professional circles have told us:

“We envy you as you live so close to downtown. We would love to live there as well but for the lack of comfortable, attractive housing.”

Well, the construction of one or two quality and attractive housing units may just be the catalyst to bring more residents into the downtown core, with all the resulting benefits for downtown restaurants and businesses.

Gerry VanderBeek

Glenwood Springs

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