ASPEN PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE — Landowners Leslie and Abigail Wexner on Monday withdrew their request for Pitkin County’s support of a proposed Carbondale-area land swap, ending more than a year of discussions and negotiations that failed to produce a deal.“At this point, we’re done,” said George Newman, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, after the second of two closed-door meetings with Abigail Wexner and her representatives.The Wexners had proposed turning the 520-acre Sutey Ranch, located north of Carbondale and the Red Hill Recreation Area, over to the Bureau of Land Management in exchange for 1,268 acres of BLM acreage abutting their Two Shoes Ranch at the base of Mount Sopris. The trade won endorsement from the town of Carbondale and Garfield County, along with a host of environmental groups and other organizations, including the Aspen Valley Land Trust and Red Hill mountain bikers.County commissioners, however, called for a more equitable trade from the perspective of their constituents, as the BLM land is in Pitkin County, but Sutey Ranch is in Garfield County.
By Janet Urquhart, May 18, 2010 Aspen Times

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