Virginia City, NV (August 29, 2017) – Comstock Mining Inc. (“Comstock” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: LODE) announced today, that the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) celebrated the completion of the new Infinity Highway (formerly USA Parkway) yesterday—three months ahead of schedule. NDOT has completed the $75.9 million project and a large multi-lane roundabout at the intersection of the Infinity Highway and U.S. Route 50; in the immediate vicinity of the Company’s certified, shovel-ready, 98-acre Comstock Industrial Site and senior water rights in Silver Springs, Nevada.
INFINITY HIGHWAY/U.S. 50 ROUNDABOUT—Computer-generated rendering of the roundabout where the Infinity Highway meets US Route 50. The view is looking south, with Silver Springs and the Comstock Industrial Site toward the left and Carson City to the right. (Image provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation)
The Company also announced today that it has escrowed the sale of 54 acre-feet of water rights in two transactions that generated over $550,000. The transaction is expected to close in the first week of September and the funds will immediately be used to pay down long-term debt, consistent with the Company’s original plan. The Company still has over 203 acre-feet of water rights available for use in this development area.
Corrado De Gasperis, President & CEO of Comstock Mining Inc. said, “The sale of water rights at $15,000 per acre-foot, value the water rights at over $3.5 million, more than the purchase price of the land and water and mark these properties at a much higher market value than originally anticipated for the entire industrial complex. We see the early opening of the Infinity Highway as a catalyst for both the speed and value of the properties we are monetizing.”
INFINITY HIGHWAY—Corrado De Gasperis President & CEO of Comstock Mining, Inc. (l.) and Scott Jolcover Director of
Business Development for Comstock Mining, Inc.(r.) with the newly unveiled sign designating State Route 439 as the
Infinity Highway during NDOT’s celebration for the new highway connecting I-80 with US Route 50.
The Company’s 98-acre Comstock Industrial Site is strategically located between the Silver Springs Airport and the re-zoned Downtown Silver Springs parcels and the recently completed Infinity Highway. The property is ideally situated with excellent logistics in immediate proximity to where the Infinity Highway (State Route 439) connects with U.S. Route 50 from Interstate 80, through the TRI Center, also known as the largest industrial park in the world
Local officials also announced four new transactions resulting in over 5,000 acres of additional purchases in progress, including multiple high-tech companies, accelerating the development in the TRI Center, especially southward towards our properties. The Company plans to monetize certain non-mining related lands, buildings and water rights, including this Certified Site, for expected net cash proceeds of more than $14 million during the next 12 months.
About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based, gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District and is an emerging leader in sustainable, responsible mining. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and completed its first phase of production. The Company continues evaluating and acquiring properties inside and outside the district expanding its footprint and exploring all of our existing and prospective opportunities for further exploration, development and mining. The near term goal of our business plan is to maximize intrinsic stockholder value realized, per share, by continuing to acquire mineralized and potentially mineralized properties, exploring, developing and validating qualified resources and reserves (proven and probable) that enable the commercial development of our operations through extended, long-lived mine plans that are economically feasible and socially responsible.
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