$400,000 asking price not the ticket for old PD
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County commissioners have rejected an offer to purchase the old Glenwood Springs Police Department building from the city for $400,000.
City officials offered the two-story building at 823 Blake Ave. for a potential expansion of the county-owned Glenwood Springs Branch Library, which is next door.
The city offered the building – at a price city attorney Karl Hanlon said is “well below market value” – as partial payment for the now-vacant, 2.1-acre county Road and Bridge Department shops at 1015 School St.
The old shops are located between the White River National Forest shops and Glenwood Springs Elementary School.
The city already made a down payment of $60,000 – 10 percent of the $600,000 purchase price – on March 24. Since then, city officials have been looking for the remaining $540,000 to finalize the purchase.
Garfield County Commissioner Larry McCown said the county would have accepted the police department building as a donation, but declined to give $400,000 for it.
“We extended an offer for Glenwood to donate it,” McCown said, but the county commissioners didn’t expect city officials to actually donate the building.
He said the gesture was made in reply to a request by Glenwood Springs officials that the county donate the old road and bridge shops to the city.
Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof said Monday he’s not surprised the building offer was rejected by the county.
“We just hoped they had some interest, but I’m not a bit surprised that they didn’t,” Vanderhoof said.
McCown said the county has no plans to expand the library.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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