Last Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Summit County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the 45-acre Lake Hill property. The land, located between Dillon Dam Road and Interstate 70, is being purchased for $1.75 million from the U.S. Forest Service.
The planning process for the future workforce housing stretches back to 2010.
“It’s amazing,” said Commissioner Dan Gibbs. “It’s unbelievable to think that here we are just inches away from actually purchasing this land,” he said.
Acquiring the property from the Forest Service has been fraught with red-tape and delays. Due to budget cuts, the Forest Service Facility Realignment and Enhancement Act, or FSFREA was passed in 2005 to allow the Forest Service to sell land parcels, up to 40-acres in size.
This July President Obama signed the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act into law which cleared the way for the land sale.
“I can’t tell you how many phone calls and memos and meetings and handwringing sessions we’ve had over the hope for purchase of this property,” said Gary Martinez, Summit County manager. “To have it now be a reality is, in my mind, just an absolutely great milestone for the county.”