ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Pitkin County’s single most expensive open space purchase still needs a few rounds of public approval before it can be finalized.The county is looking to buy the 742-acre Droste property in the lower Brush Creek Valley, and wants to close on the $18 million purchase in phases by the end of this year. Brothers Peter and Bruce Droste, whose family has owned the land since 1963, signed the contract to sell the land last week. But before the county can authorize using open space funds for its anticipated $10 million contribution, the deal — which was made public during a Snowmass Village Town Council meeting on Monday — will have to be vetted in two public Pitkin County commissioner meetings this month, according to county open space director Dale Will.
By Catherine Lutz, August 4, 2010 ADN

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08/03/2010 Aspen Times