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The owner of the historic Billie Creek Village in Rockville has rejected all bids given at a public auction to buy the property.
Charlie Cooper declined the offers because each was for a different section of the property. He says a lot of effort was put into moving the historic buildings to a single site, and if the land was split up, there is no guarantee the village would stay intact.
“It took years to put it together, and it should be kept together as a historical village,” he says.
Cooper adds the bids were not equal to the “true value” of the property, but he says he has been approached by a single buyer interested in the entire property and is hopeful a deal can be made soon. Cooper did not release any further details about the offer.
Park County Executive Security Cathy Harkrider says she would have been satisfied with the site selling in multiple sections, but only if the new owners agreed to keep using it as a historical tourist site.
“If individuals were to purchase each area and put it into maybe a home or residential area, or a business that’s not involved in tourism, then I can see how that would be a hurt to the area and the community.”
Harkrider says the prolonged sale process, which has included a private and public auction, is having a negative effect on tourism in the county. While she says she cannot say how much money has been lost since the site has been closed, she says several people hoping to visit the village have called her office and expressed their disappointment at its closing.