ASPEN PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – Representatives for a wealthy midvalley landowner who has proposed a public-private land swap submitted a compromise proposal to local officials Tuesday night, offering to conserve more land, give up some development rights and pay to maintain would-be public lands while touting endorsements from wildlife personnel and positive sentiments from a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official.Pitkin County Open Space staff members are currently reviewing the proposal, which numbers 100-some pages.Since January of last year, Leslie Wexner and his attorneys have been petitioning the Pitkin County commissioners to endorse the swap, which requires an act by the U.S. Congress for approval. Wexner wants to trade his undeveloped 520-acre Sutey Ranch, in Garfield County, for 1,268 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management property in Pitkin County.The BLM land lies next to his estate, known as “Two Shoes” and the swap would make the ranch one contiguous area owned by Wexner, who lives full time in Columbus, Ohio, and controls Limited Brands, parent company to Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works .
By Andrew Travers, Feb. 18, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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