BASALT AND PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE — Pitkin County and Basalt are pursuing the $1.5 million purchase of 25 acres near Basalt High School that was at one time pitched as an affordable housing site called Sopris Chase.The parcel, bordered by the Grange family ranch, the school campus and Bureau of Land Management property on Light Hill, would be taken off the table for potential development and preserved for its agricultural value and wildlife habitat, said Dale Will, director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.The Basalt Town Council will consider appropriating $400,000 for the purchase Tuesday. Pitkin County commissioners are being asked to endorse a $1.1 million allocation from open space funding on Wednesday. The purchase is scheduled to be finalized in August.

By Janet Urquhart, June 22, 2010, Aspen Times

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