Becky Wegner 
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Re: “Appraised values in Broadmoor land swap still secret

I have been following this trade deal from the start and there appears to be a lot of mistruths and smoking mirrors. The Barr Trail property has little value as open space. It is extremely steep and covered with scrub oak. Thus, those land acres are of little value. The only value is the Barr Trail easement and a potential future trail down from the top of the Incline (by the way there was already a planned option down through CSU property). I would guess the Broadmoor wants to shed this property. It is a liability and requires potential maintenance since the USFS easement expired a couple years ago in their ongoing trade deal for Emerald Valley. This is a big maintenance responsibility for the City to take on when they can't take care of our other parks and open spaces. Another fact not revealed until recently (uh oh we did know!) was that the City already owned the Daniels Pass Trail easement across the northwest corner of the Seven Falls property. This was given to them by Lyda Hill, a true benefactor of the city, in 1999 as part of a small land trade in North Cheyenne Canon (certainly not to be considered a precedent for this trade - in the words of the City manager, "same type of land and in close proximity"). No value has been given to the Daniels Pass easement. The Bear Creek parcel is just a red herring. The City or the County have never been interested in it. I haven't heard anyone stand up for this property. Citizens did not object to homes on the site, they objected to the increased equestrian use of Bear Creek Park that was planned by the Broadmoor. Another swampy parcel the Broadmoor wants to get rid of and makes the $ numbers look good.

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Posted by Becky Wegner on 03/12/2016 at 7:35 AM

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