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 U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner announced the decision saying it would bring at least 27 positions to Grand Junction.

Tim Wieland took this photo on during the Rim Rock Marathon, which runs from Grand Junction, up & over the Monument, and finishes in Fruita. (credit: CBS)

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.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (credit: CBS)

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 property was listed online for about $25 for every square foot.

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