- Casey Bradley Gent
- Two abandoned water tanks sit amid a golf course like this one.
One small piece of the Rosemont Reservoir water system stirred quite a controversy about a decade ago. The 1.8-acre plot containing two abandoned water tanks, which is completely surrounded by The Broadmoor's west golf course, was declared surplus property by Colorado Springs Utilities and put up for sale.
Local resident Ted Rubley submitted the only bid in 2005, for $850,000. He paid a down payment and later the balance in 2006.
According to media reports, The Broadmoor didn't bid, contending the appraisal of $730,000 was too high. The resort owns the only access road to the tract, which some argued would prevent Rubley from developing high-end homes on the site.
The Broadmoor at that time contended the original transfer of the property to the city in 1973 restricted access, but the deed didn't contain a restriction, the Gazette reported at the time.
"Somehow when it got to a deed, that language was left out. That was a lapse on both parties' part way back when," then Broadmoor President Steve Bartolin told the newspaper at the time. "The intent on behalf of both parties is made clear in the sales contract. Obviously, we would not just allow blanket access, to just run right across our golf course. That's why the contract was written that way."
In early 2006, City Council, which comprises the Utilities Board, rejected the sale, saying it would mar "a crown jewel of the community," and returned Rubley's money.
After the city canceled the sale, Rubley sued in November 2007. A year later, an El Paso County jury sided with the city, which argued Rubley's contract was never finalized.
On June 22, 2015, Nash-Johnson Associates, Inc., of Englewood, submitted an appraisal of the tank property of $750,000 as part of The Broadmoor's examination of the Rosemont water system.
— Pam Zubeck