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That’s not to say that the old barn is still out in a big, broad meadow. It’s kind of like the Alamo, located in San Antonio, with the city long since grown up around it. Steamboat’s barn is surrounded by shops and other businesses catering to ex-city dwellers who have arrived to carve out a home in the mountains.
Steamboat city officials recently granted a $116,000 contract to stabilize and preserve the barn, which is being preserved at the centre of a four-acre park. The money essentially comes from the developers of the commercial complex, called Steamboat Barn Village, reported The Steamboat Pilot.
Meanwhile, city officials are also taking controversial steps to preserve the authenticity of the city’s pre-resort core. The council voted 4-to-2 recently to enact an emergency moratorium that refuses building permits that could significantly alter the historic exterior aspect of any building more than 50 years old. The big ski area (Steamboat has two) is now 46 years old.
“We intend to prohibit the demolition of historic buildings for a period of time,” said Councilman Towny Anderson, who in his non-elected life is an agent for historic preservation.
One of the dissenting council members, reported The Steamboat Pilot, said that when it comes to private property, the owner’s consent in historic preservation is paramount.
The chattering bloggers on the newspaper’s website chewed on the idea with great vigor. “So, the hysterical-historical society is at it again,” said one. Another wondered if the same effort would be put into preserving portions of the base-village, if they were 50 years old. In fact, some components of the base area are now 35 years old — and plans are being drawn up to raze them.
Small green steps
ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen continues to take small but steady steps in its attempt to walk the talk of its Canary Initiative, the global-warming measure.
The city has hired a consultant to investigate the potential for tapping the heat found in the earth. Speaking at a recent energy festival, Mayor Mick Ireland said there was a good reason that miners preferred the Smuggler, a mine located on Aspen’s north side.
This fall, voters will be asked to approve $5.5 million in bonds, with a repayment cost of $10.7 million, for a new hydropower facility. The plan would produce 5.5 million kilowatt-hours a year, or roughly enough electricity needed for 655 homes. Still, that’s only a 0.6 per cent reduction in carbon emissions for Aspen, which aims to reduce emissions in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol.
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