Roaring Fork School District, Carbondale finalize land swap |

Roaring Fork School District, Carbondale finalize land swap

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Roaring Fork School District board of education voted to approve a conveyance of land between the Re-1 district and the town of Carbondale.The decision came at the regular school board meeting at the district office in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, Oct. 22, but not without debate.Board member Myles Rovig voiced concerns that the contract stated that the RFSD was scheduled to release the land before the town released their land to the school district. According to assistant superintendent of business services, Shannon Pelland, the RFSD is signing closing papers on Oct. 29; however the town of Carbondale won’t be at the same signing, which was the cause for concern for Rovig.”I would say that that is important to me,” Rovig said to his fellow board members. “Because if that is my land, I would not sign off on it until I was putting it into trust, or we were signing together.”Rovig’s main concern was that the district may find itself in a position where the town of Carbondale would have legal possession of both parcels of property and would not legally have to release the land to the district. However, Pelland reassured the board that that would not happen.”It’s not like we are going to be at the land exchange at the same time,” Pelland said. “But (the town of Carbondale) is contractually bound to do the land exchange. It’s only that theirs is happening first.”There is “no question that it will happen,” she said.The land exchange has been in the works for a little more than a year. The RFSD is exchanging the old Carbondale Elementary School building for a 2.7-acre plot of land near the new Roaring Fork High School. The town of Carbondale expressed interest to house area nonprofits in the retired school building. While the RFSD is looking to build an affordable housing project for school district and city employees.The housing development would be 89 deed-restricted units providing rental and for-sale units for RFSD employees first, city employees second, RFSD partners third, and open to the general public thereafter.RFSD has been working with Perry Rose LLC on a contract regarding the work for the project.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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