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Bank has option to buy county’s offices

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 27th, 2013


Alamosa County has entered into an option to sell its downtown office building to San Luis Valley Federal Bank. Courier photo by Rudy Herndon


Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — If Alamosa County officials finalize their plans to centralize government operations at a single location, their downtown office building on Edison Avenue won’t remain vacant for long.

Commissioner Darius Allen said the county has entered into an option to sell the property to San Luis Valley Federal Bank.

The neighboring business came forward with the only offer to buy the building at its appraised value of roughly $700,000.

According to Allen, county officials are planning to sell the building for the same reason that the bank is moving to buy it: They need more space to expand their operations.

“We’re just out of room where we’re at,” he said Tuesday.

The Edison Avenue building currently houses the clerk-recorder’s, treasurer’s, land use and assessor’s offices. But officials want to move those operations to a new building on county-owned property off Independence Way.

“It’s been a goal of ours since we purchased the land back in 1997 or 1998,” Allen said.

The county’s road and bridge department has already begun to prepare the land for future development, but officials have more work to do before they can break ground on a new building.

“We’re kind of in the middle of it,” Allen said. “We’re still trying to put our facts and figures together.”

County commissioners plan to take an important step forward at their meeting today. They’re scheduled to apply for a $575,000 grant through the state’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.














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