Italian company asks to access land near Grand Canyon

Sep 16, 2019 430

An Italian real estate company that has long eyed development outside the Grand Canyon's South Rim again is seeking permission to improve forest roads and run utilities to its property in the tiny town of Tusayan. Stilo Development Group USA and Tusayan asked the U.S. Forest Service this month to grant easements to two pieces of land where Stilo plans to build a resort, an RV park and other lodging and where the town wants housing.

The Forest Service dealt a huge blow to the plans in 2016 when it said the development would "substantially and adversely" affect the Grand Canyon and nearby tribal lands and kept it from moving forward. The latest proposal reflects changes in what had been major concerns — water use and size. 

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