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Steamboat Springs' Emerald Mountain plans advance

City Council to review land agreement at meeting tonight

The city plans to close in March on its purchase of a 586-acre Emerald Mountain parcel owned by Lyman Orton, but a few logistical steps remain.

Steamboat Springs City Council scrutinizes Emerald contract

Members seek more precise language for park fees, expenditures, board member process

Before it’s ready to close on the purchase of the 586-acre Lyman Orton parcel, City Coun­­cil is seeking more clarity in its future working relationship with the nonprofit that would manage it.

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Steamboat's Emerald land deal still alive

City Council approves contract for purchase; final go-ahead pending GOCo funding

The potential for a city purchase of 586 acres on the north side of Emerald Mountain stayed alive Tuesday night amid a wealth of public support, if not a wealth of city funding. A packed Centennial Hall broke into cheers and applause after the Steamboat Springs City Council voted 6-1 to approve the revised purchase contract for the site owned by Lyman Orton.

High-interest topics on agenda for Steamboat City Council

Emerald Mountain, dog parks will be part of Tuesday's meeting

Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council agenda will include more discussion of the possible purchase of 586 acres on Emerald Mountain as well as an ordinance establishing off-leash dog parks. The issues have attracted public interest and comments, and at least one City Council member expected a fair amount of discussion.

Emerald deal delayed as GOCo asks Steamboat to modify application

Proceedings for the city’s potential purchase of 586 acres on the north side of Emerald Mountain likely will extend into 2011. Great Outdoors Colorado asked the city of Steamboat Springs on Wednesday to modify its application for a $600,000 grant related to the parcel owned by Lyman Orton, citing changes to the original grant proposal.

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Broad vision for Emerald Mountain site

All-age access, cabins, trails among ideas

The Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss the city’s potential purchase of 586 acres owned by Lyman Orton during a daylong budget hearing Oct. 5 in Centennial Hall. The purchase is pending public hearings, City Council approval and other factors.

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Steamboat Springs City Council urges caution with Emerald deal

Economic factors were at the heart of much of Tuesday night’s Steamboat Springs City Council conversation about a potential Emerald Mountain land purchase, as supporters said the site could become a huge economic draw while city officials urged caution amid an excruciatingly tight budget.

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City, Orton reach agreement on Emerald purchase

586-acre land deal contingent on factors including GOCo grant, council approval

City officials have reached a signed contract with landowner Lyman Orton that represents a significant step toward Steamboat Springs’ purchase of 586 acres on Emerald Mountain’s north side. Orton said Monday that the contract includes a $1.3 million upfront purchase price for the land.

Steamboat's Emerald Mountain deal near

City's purchase could include Nordic center cost-share aspect

City officials said Friday that they expect to have a purchase agreement for the 580-acre Orton parcel on the table for signatures by Monday, but the deal might involve more than simply a land transaction. City Manager Jon Roberts said City Attorney Tony Lettunich had told him to expect the nonbinding deal Monday in time to make the deadline for a $600,000 grant application with Great Outdoors Colorado.

Emerald negotiations go on in Steamboat

City, Orton talk about purchase as GOCo grants time extension

There’s no news on a land buy yet, but city staff said Tuesday they’ve bought a little time in their negotiations with Lyman Orton about the potential purchase of 580 acres he owns on the north side of Emerald Mountain.

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Timeline tight for Emerald land purchase

City, landowner in negotiations for deal as GOCo deadline looms

The city likely has just days to reach a deal with landowner Lyman Orton if it wants to put $600,000 in grant funds toward a massive land purchase on the north side of Emerald Mountain. Orton is offering to sell 580 acres appraised at about $2 million to the city.

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City of Steamboat Springs considers Emerald land sale

Lyman Orton offers 580 acres appraised at $2M; site popular for hikes, bikes

Landowner and philanthropist Lyman Orton is offering to sell 580 acres appraised at about $2 million on Emerald Mountain’s north side to the city, in a potential sale that would permanently allow public use of the popular hiking and mountain biking area but comes at a time of an extremely tight city budget.


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