Mountain Village enters into contract to purchase lot for the potential development of wastewater treatment facility

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On Wednesday, June 19, the Town of Mountain Village entered into a contract to purchase a 5-acre lot along Highway 145 for the potential development of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

The property is located adjacent to the San Miguel County and Colorado Department of Transportation facility .5 miles northwest of the Alexender Property that the Town purchased in 2023 for the future development of community housing. This contract is once again with the Alexander family, who have a long history of assisting the community with regional needs.

As a 15 percent owner of the existing regional wastewater treatment plant, the Town has been working closely with the Town of Telluride to find the best solutions inclusive of possible alternative locations for a future facility that would meet the region's needs.

This parcel is flat, easy to access from Highway 145, adjacent to the San Miguel River without requiring a bridge crossing and it could accommodate a much larger facility than the Telluride Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant's current 2.5-acre lot. Additionally, with the location being farther Down Valley, this new site could provide gravity-fed sanitary sewer to more residents in the region.

“We want to thank the Alexander family for their thoughtful negotiations to allow our region to explore additional alternative siting for a critical regional facility,” said Mountain Village Assistant Town Manager Michelle Haynes. “The Alexanders are a fourth-generation ranching family who previously owned the land where the county shop, CDOT facility, Lawson Hill, Ilium Industrial Park, and Two Rivers now exist. They have been instrumental in assisting with a large majority of housing and regional facilities in the region.”

Now that the property is under contract, the due diligence process will begin to determine whether the site is suitable for a future wastewater treatment facility. If this process shows that the land is suitable for these intentions, the Town will move forward with closing on the property.

“We look forward to continued discussions with our regional partners to find the best solutions for a future regional wastewater treatment facility,” said Mayor Marti Prohaska.

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