Telluride open space faces challenge |

Telluride open space faces challenge

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

TELLURIDE, Colo. ” The owner of land outside Telluride that the town condemned to preserve open space is appealing to the State Supreme Court.

The Grand Junction Sentinel said a district judge already approved the condemnation and required the town to raise $50 million to pay for it.

The money was raised by the land owner, Neal Blue, rejected the offer and has appealed the district court decision to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Tom Ragonetti, the lawyer representing Blue, declined comment.

Telluride Town Councilman Stu Fraser said he is confident the court will uphold the condemnation.

The town condemned the land, a bucolic swath at the entrance to Telluride known as the Valley Floor, to prevent the development of subdivisions.