There are better ways to use Brush Creek for housing

To the Editor: I recently returned from a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico and was struck by the difference between the way the New Mexico Land Commission handles land development and how our own officials are handling the proposed Brush Creek development. The State Land Office traded land it owned for a 2.7-acre parcel in downtown Santa Fe owned …

Brush Creek great for the developer but bad for local employees

Dear Editor: Can’t you see it? Brush Creek is an income investor’s dream with a great cap rate. With a $2,000,000 (land value) government subsidy to the owner/developer. It will keep valley residents in the poverty cycle of renting while creating enormous income for the developer owner. Crested Butte needs affordable housing to buy!, not to create a great investment …

Gunnison county voters opposed to Brush Creek proposal

Government Officials: We are not supportive of Brush Creek development plans, nor the speed and lack of transparency of recent actions. Is high density housing the first thing we want visitors to see, and smell, as they enter the town of Crested Butte? Do renters want to be separated from town and isolated in a high density development? Absolutely not. …

How not to win friends and influence people

Dear Editor: The Corner at Brush Creek Proposal is so wrong-headed in so many ways. From the excessive density of the project, to the lack of truly affordable units, to the traffic problems it will cause, to the wastewater treatment problems, to the supposed sale of a $2 million public property for the bargain price of $100,000. To the problems …

Spread out the density of rental housing beyond Brush Creek

Dear Editor: The Brush Creek Gates proposal is too dense. It could be smaller and affordable. Find a way… I think in analogies. It’s like “pocket fishing” where the schools of trout gather in the deep puddles, out of sight, not the whole river of fi sh, just a few fi sh behind a rock. Such is how the affordable …

Just who are the “Friends of Brush Creek?”

Dear Mark: I am writing to clarify who, exactly, comprises the Friends of Brush Creek. I have heard talk around town and social media that the FBC group are “a bunch of rich second homeowners,” “entitled people who don’t want affordable housing in their backyards,” or even “new people who don’t know what this town needs.” It surprises some people …

Start with a strategic plan instead of rushing into Brush Creek

Dear Editor: John Norton’s column last week asks: If Brush Creek is not part of the answer, what is? Let’s look to the Gunnison County Housing Needs Assessment where the first recommendation is to “Develop a Strategic Housing Plan.” This has not been done. Once the initial Needs Assessment was completed, an unsolicited offer by Gatesco’s realtor was submitted which …

Brush Creek proposal very much a political issue for everyone

To the Editor: Crested Butte will have its local election this November. Mt. Crested Butte will have its election in April. The Gunnison County Commissioner election will be held in the fall of 2018. The Brush Creek Road and Highway 135 development proposal should be the central issue in these elections. Further, if the issue is not settled by the …

Crested Butte citizens should not be complacent over Brush Creek proposal

Citizens of Crested Butte: Think of this as a challenge to please inform yourselves on the impacts of the Brush Creek development and the long-term consequences to our community. Regardless of whether you ultimately agree or disagree with this project, please take the time to educate yourself and have a voice on the ultimate decision. If you are a full-time …

County should go back to drawing board with Brush Creek

Editor: I read with interest the three articles appearing in the September 7 issue of the Gunnison Country Times—one by Alan Wartes, one unsigned Times opinion article and one by the Gunnison County Commissioners. All appeared fairly one-sided in support of the proposed Gates Brush Creek development and each failed to contain a full description of the pros and cons …