County buys scenic land

The Mesa County Commission on Monday authorized the purchase of 47-plus acres at the scenic base of Mount Garfield.

Property owner Jim Leany, manager of Depot Preservation and Restoration Co., sold it to the county for $215,000.

“Thank you very much for the contract,” Leany told the commission Monday.

The property sits at the base of the Grand Valley’s most recognizable landmark on the north side of Interstate 70.

The county commission said it intends to preserve the property as open space. One way of doing that might be to trade the land to the Bureau of Land Management for some other parcel in the future, said Commissioner Steve Acquafresca.

Purchasing the land required some negotiating. After original negotiations with the county broke down, Leany listed the property for nearly $800,000. Leany eventually signed the sale contract August 19.


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