Pitkin County mining claim purchase advances | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County mining claim purchase advances

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners moved forward Wednesday with the purchase of the Virginia Pet Lode, located on the ridge above the Hunter Creek Valley.

Commissioners approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase on first reading. A second required vote is scheduled to occur on July 8, along with a public hearing.

The 8.3-acre mining claim is being purchased for $900,000; the county will also pay $35,000 in related transaction costs and to remove an old yurt from the parcel.

The sellers, Bill and Janet Mohrman, will retain the right to sell a transferable development right off the property, in addition to the proceeds of the land sale.

County officials believe the parcel is the last developable private parcel in the Hunter Creek Valley area, a backcountry playground northeast of town.

“This is a milestone, in many ways,” Tim McFlynn, a member of the county’s Open Space and Trails Board, told commissioners.

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