ASPEN REAL ESTATE: Carbondale Town Council will take a second look at a proposed public-private land exchange for the base of Mount Sopris that they endorsed in March of 2009, after learning some of the information presented to them by the swap’s proponents was false…The land exchange in question was pitched to officials valleywide early last year. Under the proposal, Leslie Wexner, billionaire owner of Limited Brands clothing stores, proposed to trade his 520-acre Sutey Ranch in Garfield County for 1,268 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in Pitkin County. The land lies next to his estate, known as “Two Shoes,” on the flanks of Mount Sopris.When Wexner’s representatives from Western Land Group successfully lobbied Carbondale on the swap, they said that the BLM was planning to get rid of a 1,240-acre parcel of the land in the proposal and that it was on the BLM “disposal list.” It is not. The BLM has categorized a smaller parcel of less than 30 acres included in the proposal that the federal agency has put on the trading block.
By Andrew Travers, Jan. 20, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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