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City pursues appraisal in land swap

Posted: Friday, Nov 1st, 2013

Developer Dan Russell, left, answers questions about a proposed land exchange, shown on the screen, with members of the Alamosa city council Wednesday night including Councilmen Rusty Johnson, center, and Greg Gillaspie, right. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

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ALAMOSA — In discussing a proposed land exchange during a work session Wednesday night, one item brought unanimous consensus from the Alamosa city council — an independent appraisal must be conducted on the city ranch land proposed for trade to the Alamosa RV Resort on the Rio Grande.

RV Resort developer Dan Russell has proposed in writing to the city council a trade of about 14 acres of his property on what was formerly the Polston Primary School site for about 18 acres of city-owned Alamosa Ranch property.

The acreage proposed from Russell to the city would allow the city to connect trails along the river between the bridges and would give the city 2.5 acres on the southern edge of the former Polston property where the city could place a parking lot and/or other public use areas such as a dog park or tennis court. About one acre of the 2.5 acres is already excavated. That one acre alone could probably accommodate 140 parking spaces and the entire 2.5 acres about 300 spaces, according to Alamosa Public Works Director Don Koskelin.

Koskelin told the council the bulk of the remainder of the Russell property proposed to be given to the city in the trade was “primarily river bottom.” He said it has value to the city, but it is not the same type of property that the city would be trading to the RV resort.

“We are more constrained what we can do with it, as opposed to what’s up here on the ranch,” he explained.

“We feel like we are bringing real value to the table,” Russell told the council.

For the complete article see the 11-01-2013 issue.

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