Voters approve Aspen land swap |

Voters approve Aspen land swap

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a land swap that will allow local government to move forward with plans for a park at the corner of South Riverside Avenue and Highway 82 on the eastern end of town.

The park will be built in an area known as Anderson Subdivision. Voters, by a margin of 1,505 “yes” votes to 174 “no” votes, gave the go-ahead for the city to exchange 6,092 square feet of hilltop land for Robert Orr’s 6,092-square-foot parcel.

“This community is a winner with this,” said Alan Richman, a local land planner working for the Orr family. “And the winner is the park. The park is going to be improved by what we’re doing here.”

The city said it wanted the area owned by Orr, who formerly had an orthodontic practice in Aspen and now lives in Grand Junction, because it is partly flat with a gentle slope and would be a good fit for the adjacent riverside park area, which is flat.

In turn, Orr will get the city-owned hilltop land, where his family will likely build a small house.

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