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BLM signs lease for headquarters location in Grand Junction

Cory Gardner announced the decision Friday saying it would bring at least 27 positions to Grand Junction.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has signed a lease agreement in Colorado to solidify relocation of its headquarters from the District of Columbia.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Friday that U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner announced the decision Friday saying it would bring at least 27 positions to Grand Junction.

The Republican representative says moving the headquarters would strengthen the agency’s relationship with local officials and move decision makers closer to the lands and people they work with so they can make more informed decisions.

Some who oppose the decision say the move could diminish the agency’s voice in the District of Columbia.

Details of the lease agreement were not yet available, but the 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) property was listed online for about $25 for every square foot (0.1 square meters).