Private fundraising drive to commence…“This property, for everyone who has visited it with the idea of purchasing it as open space in mind, has been selling itself,” Dale Will, of Pitkin County Open Space, said. “This property pulls together a lot of upper-valley
open space.”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The first $500,000 allocation toward what one Pitkin County commissioner termed potentially the most important local open space purchase ever won initial approval Wednesday from county commissioners.An ordinance authorizing a three-phase purchase contract for the 742-acre Droste property above the Brush Creek Valley near Snowmass Village, and a $500,000 expenditure for the first piece, was approved 3-0 on first reading by the three commissioners present — George Newman, Jack Hatfield and Michael Owsley. Second reading and final approval is scheduled Aug. 25, though the subsequent expenditures of county Open Space and Trails funds — an anticipated $10 million in all — will get formal approval later.The county is the main player in a plan that also calls for at least $1 million from the city of Aspen, $2 million from Snowmass Village (pending an approval by voters there) and $2.5 million that hinges on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant. That leaves at least $2.5 million to be raised privately — a sum the county Open Space and Trails Program could cover, but doesn’t intend to, said director Dale Will.
By Janet Urquhart, August 12, 2010 Aspen Times

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