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6 Feb 2013

City of Durango now owns 1.6-acre parcel at Horse Gulch trail head

Posted by Adam Howell


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This is where the Building Specialties shed by Horse Gulch trail head used to sit, until it was taken down, and the steel recycled.

This is where the Building Specialties shed by Horse Gulch trail head used to sit, until it was taken down, and the steel recycled.

A 2.86-acre parcel by Horse Gulch trail head was successfully subdivided by a new company, Horse Gulch Holdings LLC,  made up of a partnership of pediatricians from Pediatric Partners of the Southwest.

Shortly after on January 16, 2013, the City bought the back 1.6-acre piece of it where they plan on putting in a paved parking lot, according to Kevin Hall, the City’s Director of Natural Lands, Trails and Sustainability.

The contract shows that the City of Durango paid $312,500 for the 1.63-acre parcel.

Also, a paved trail extending from the Animas River Trail is unofficially slated to connect with the new parking lot via a modified culvert underneath 8th Ave and then passing behind Sonic, he said.

This is the shed that used to sit next to Horse Gulch trail head. It was used by Building Specialties. It was formerly used by Steve Osborne, his family and his business.

This is the shed that used to sit next to Horse Gulch trail head. It was used by Building Specialties. It was formerly used by Steve Osborne, his family and his business.

The rest of the 2.86-acre lot that was subdivided is owned by Horse Gulch Holdings LLC.

Horse Gulch Holdings LLC is basically a partnership of individuals who currently work at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest who started a limited liability corporation just for the purchase of this property where they plan to put in the new Horse Gulch Health Campus.

The registered agent of Horse Gulch Holdings LLC is Martha Cecile Fraley MD, who is also one of the partners among the group, which includes: Kimberly Caruso MD, Brenda Huffman MD, Amy Hurley MD, Heidi McMillan MD, Kelly Miller MD, and Arthur Zemach MD. Cecile Fraley has not returned this blogger’s email or phone requests for an interview.

The new Horse Gulch Health Campus is said to be a facility that will be used for pediatric health-care services.

This is how Horse Gulch trail head parking lot used to look.

This is how Horse Gulch trail head parking lot used to look.

After the old Building Specialties shed was removed, this is how it looked. The City of Durango now owns a small parcel at the Horse Gulch trail head all around where the shed used to sit.

After the old Building Specialties shed was removed, this is how it looked. The City of Durango now owns a small parcel at the Horse Gulch trail head around where the shed used to sit.

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This is a visual of a part of the 1.6-acre parcel that the City now owns, where a paved parking lot will be built.

The 1.63-acre parcel at the Horse Gulch trail head is now owned by the City of Durango.

The 1.63-acre parcel at the Horse Gulch trail head is now owned by the City of Durango.

Here's a look at how Santa Rita Trail would spur off of Animas River Trail. Image Courtesy of Kevin Hall, Durango's Director of Natural Lands, Trails and Sustainability.

Here’s a look at how Santa Rita Trail would spur off of Animas River Trail. Image Courtesy of Kevin Hall, Durango’s Director of Natural Lands, Trails and Sustainability.

This map was included with the agenda at the Durango City Council meeting on Nov. 5, 2012 where Hall said that the Council approved a contract to purchase the Pediatric Partners Parcel.

This map was included with the agenda at the Durango City Council meeting on Nov. 5, 2012 where Hall said that the Council approved a contract to purchase the Pediatric Partners Parcel.

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