BLM cancels Nevada land deal

Posted: May 15, 2013

Written by

Alan Snel, Las Vegas Review-Journal/GW
BLM Nevada

Bureau of Land Management officials said it would not issue a patent for 480 acres of federal land in southern Nevada that was once slated to be the future home of a professional sports complex.

The agency Friday informed Silver State -- the lender to Texas developer Chris Milam -- and the city of Henderson, Nev., that it would not issue a property title, BLM spokeswoman Celia Boddington said. The agency will return the purchase deposit.

BLM had previously agreed to sell the land for $10.56 million to Milam. Milam said late last year that the sports complex could not be built, yet he continued to move forward with the deal. The move resulted in the city of Henderson filing suit against him and other consultants earlier this year, alleging that they had created a ruse to buy the land at a discounted rate.

"We feel it's the right thing to do. It protects the public interest," Boddington said.

The newspaper reported earlier this year that former BLM Director Bob Abbey said he would help developers purchase the land for a $528,000 fee. Abbey, who retired in May 2012, said he had "nothing to hide" about the deal (Greenwire, Feb. 15).

Stories about Abbey's role in the deal prompted the Office of Inspector General to launch an investigation into the deal.



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