Wexner offers money for open space, historic preservation as part of his latest proposal to Pitkin County.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Representatives of a Carbondale-area landowner, retail billionaire Leslie Wexner, who’s seeking Pitkin County’s support for a proposed federal land swap sweetened the deal to the tune of $1 million in a presentation to the county’s Open Space and Trails Board on Thursday.Pitkin County has thus far withheld its blessing for a trade that would bring the 513-acre Sutey Ranch into public hands in exchange for 1,268 acres of Bureau of Land Management property on the north flank of Mount Sopris, outside of Carbondale. The Sutey property is located north of the Red Hill recreation area, also near Carbondale. Wexner purchased the Sutey Ranch for $6.5 million with the trade in mind, hoping to add the BLM acreage to his adjacent Two Shoes Ranch landholdings.
By Janet Urquhart, Oct 2, 2009 AT

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