Transformational festival Burning Man comes to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada once a year, but now its organizers have established more permanence in a nearby community as well. According to Washoe County Records, Black Rock City, LLC bought seven parcels of land in the nearby city of Gerlach from Giovanni "Bruno" Selmi.
The Reno Gazzette-Journal reports that Selmi, who is a Gerlach celebrity and owns the city's only diner, gambling hall and motel, reportedly sold the land to Burning Man's organizers for $169,993. The parcels do not include any of his businesses, which are run by his adult children seeing as how he is now in his 90s.
Back in June, Black Rock City, LLC had also purchased the 3,800-acre Fly Ranch for $6.5 million. A post made to the Burning Man website expressed that the purchase was made "with the intention of amplifying and extending Burning Man culture," and it stands to reason that last week's acquisition was stemmed from the same rationale.
Burning Man had also announced in June that it would expand to the Netherlands in 2017. This year's edition will take place in the Black Rock Desert from August 28th- September 5th, and the impacts of the recent acquisitions on the festival itself remain to be seen.