243 acres will be paid for through open space monies and grants.
The city of Santa Clarita will move ahead toward purchasing 243 acres of open space land off Soledad Canyon Rd. near Auga Dulce Canyon Rd. The land consists of three lots, and comes at an estimated cost of $1,492,595, which includes the land ($1,452,595), acquisition costs ($20,000) and open space start up costs ($20,000).
The City will only have to pay about half of that, after a partnership with the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority helped attain a $750,000 grant from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. The $742,595 remainder will be paid for through open space funds.
The land is close to other pieces of open space that the City has set aside, and will extend the open space barrier known as the "greenbelt" further north along Hwy 14.
To see a map of the parcels, click here. 
Aside from serving as a greenbelt around our Valley, the open space will preserve a critical wildlife corridor between the San Gabriel area and the Santa Clarita/Castaic area of the Angeles National Forest.
The City Council approved the purchase by a 4-0 vote, with Frank Ferry absent from Tuesday's meeting.