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6 - Consideration of a disposition of 6 acres of the Woodley Open Space property including all improvements located at 7957 Arapahoe RdCITY OF BOULDER OPEN SPACE BOARD OF TR[JSTEES AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: Nlay 1~, 2008 AGENDA TITLE: Consideration of the disposition of 6 acres of the u~oodley Open Space property including all improvements located at 7957 Arapahoe Road pursuant to Section 177 of the Boulder City Charter. PRESENTERS: Open Space and Mountain Parks Michael D. Patton, Director Ann Goodhal-t, Division Manager, Real Estate Services James S. Schmidt, Property Agent EYECUTIVE SUNTli'IARY: This 6-acre parcel is a part of the 13-acre property acquired in November 2005 from Celeste P. Woodley at a cost of $1,262,000. Boulder County contributed 7% of the purchase price in this transaction and received a conservation easement over the easterly 6 acres. This easterly 6-acre portion is comprised of a historic farmstead containing an 1870's house, horse barn, stable, milk barn, chicken coop, silo, milk house, garage, sheds, corrals and grazing pastures. At the time the property was acquired by Open Space and Mountain Parks {OSNIP), two important arrangements were put in place in order to effectuate this disposition: 1.) Boulder County approved the creation of the 6-acre site as a separate legal parcel, 2.) all the improvements on the historic farmstead were protected as a Historic Landmark under the Boulder County historic preservation regulations. At the time of the original acquisition, the Open Space Board of Trustees and City Council were informed that this historic farmstead would be later resold to a private party. The property will be sold via a sealed bid process to give interested parties an equal opportunity to acquire the farmstead while also generating the maximum amount of revenue for the Open Space Acquisition Fund. The county will receive 7% of the eventual sales price. STAFF RECONINIENDATION: Staff recommends that the Open Space Board of Trustees approve the disposition of & acres of land located at 7957 Arapahoe Road and pass a motion recommending that the Boulder City Council approve the disposal of this parcel of Open Space property. COUNCIL FILTER IMPACTS: • Economic: The OSN1P Acquisition and Nlanagement Plan contributes to council's economic vitality goal because it provides the physical context for the diverse and vibrant economic system that. sustains services for residents. The land AGENDA ITEM #6 PAGE 1 system and the quality of life it represents attract visitors and help businesses to recruit and retain quality employees. Private o«~nership and management of this historic property will provide opportunity for a suite of possible activities and uses that could not necessarily be undertaken by the city. Environmental: The Open Space Acquisition and Management Plan is a significant community-shared program that is recognized worldwide as a leader in preservation of open space lands contributing to the environmental sustainability goal of the City Council OSMP will retain the environmentally sensitive portions of this property including important wildlife habitat along Dry Creek. Social: Because the Open Space land system is equally accessible to members of all economic classes, ethnicities, and cultures it helps support council's community sustainability goal because all residents "who live in Boulder can feel apart of and thrive in" this aspect of their community. Retained portions of this property may become available to public access at such time as the East Trails Study Area is completed and implemented. OTHER IMPACTS: • Fiscal: The disposal of this parcel will generate a substantial amount of money for the Open Space Acquisition Fund. • Staff time: the disposition of this parcel through the sealed bid process is estimated to take roughly 200 hours of stafftime. PUBLIC FEEDBACK: This item is being heard at this public meeting, advertised in the Daily Camera on May 11, 2008. A Notice of Disposition of Open Space was published in the Daily Camera on May 4, 2008 pursuant to City Charter Section 177. All neighbors within 1,500 feet of the property identified herein for disposition have also been mailed a Notice of this proposed disposition and public meeting. ANALYSIS: The 13-acre Woodley Open Space property ri~as acquired in November of 200 with the idea that the eastern portion would be later sold to a private party. The t~'oodley property was acquired to help preserve the Dry Creek ripu•ian corridor and its associated wetlands, areas on the westerly side of the 13-acre parcel which will still remain Open Space. The eastern portion contains an historic farmstead with an 1870's house and a number of old barns and out buildings in remarkably good condition. It has been determined that this house may well be the oldest such farmhouse in Boulder County which has been continuously used as a residence. The previous owner of the house, Celeste P. Woodley and the Boulder County Historical Preservation staff as well as the Open Space and 11~Iountain Parks staff deemed it important. to preserve the buildings for their historical significance. This preservation was accomplished by landmarking the site through the Boulder County process. At the same time, and with an eye towards the eventual resale of this easterly portion, OShIP stafft~~~as able to have Boulder County create a separate legal parcel for the easterly 6 acres and allow the house to be increased by an additional 2,500 square feet pursuant to a design guideline approved by the county. No addition has AGENDA ITEM #6 PAGE 2 yet been made to the structure. The potential to increase this size of the house will transfer with this sale. The 2005 Open Space Board of Trustees {OSBT) and City Council acquisition memos clearly detailed staff's plan to later sell this easterly portion. Historic designation of the buildings and their subsequent sale will result in preservation ofthis historic attribute of the community and «~ill also reimburse the Open Space Acquisition Fund. Staff has determined that the most practical method of insuring that all interested members of the public have an equal opportunity to acquire this site as well as obtaining the maximum amount. of revenue from the sale for the Open Space Acquisition Fund will be to offer the property for sale via a sealed bid process. Staff will advertise this opportunity in local newspapers and other media outlets and prepare bid packages for dissemination to potential purchasers. It is anticipated that this sealed bid process will be conducted within 90 to 120 days of council approval, ~~~hereupon the winning bid will be announced and the property sold to the highest bidder. Submitted by: Michael D. Patton, Director Ann Goodhart, Division IVlanager James S. Schmidt, Property Agent ATTACHI~~TENTS: A. Vicinity Nlap, B. Location Map C. 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