The Future Of Grand Junction’s Downtown
You’ve probably already seen the progress at the Las Colonias business park. As you round the corner, all kinds of construction equipment is current in use. Riverside Parkway is now one of Grand Junction’s most active areas for new construction. As a general contractor in Grand Junction, we’re thrilled about this progress. As the general contractor working on the Las Colonias development, we’re extremely excited for the businesses setting up/ relocating their corporate headquarters to make Las Colonias their new home. As Grand Junction residents, we couldn’t be happier to see the beginnings of the future of Grand Junction’s downtown area.
Las Colonias Business Park
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Las Colonias development in our blog. We keep bringing news of the development to your attention not only because we are the general contractors on the project and want to promote our work (which we also do since we’re very proud of our joined efforts with Grand Junction and the many businesses involved), but because the new business park will be the epicenter of a lot of growth in Grand Junction. There is news coverage of the area so far (check out this article from December last year on the Las Colonias business park, written by the GJ Sentinel), but we think that a lot of people have yet to realize just how big this is going to be. The Las Colonias business park could completely renovate Grand Junction’s downtown.
Main Street in Grand Junction really lasts from about 3rd Street to 7th Street. There are obviously more businesses down to 1st, and even West of there, but the main bulk of walk-in shops and things to do as a community are within those borders. That gives people visiting the city, or current residents about four blocks of shops. There are a few growing businesses on Colorado Ave. like Grand Junction’s very own Loki Outdoor Clothing Shop just South of Main, but that area is older and still gets less walking traffic. There are also businesses that have moved or set up shop South of Main Street in anticipation of growth in that direction, like Get Air, CrossFit Juke Joint, and Edgewater Brewery. But nothing has yet incentivized growth of the overall downtown area, which could give Grand Junction a much needed economic and cultural boost. We believe that the Las Colonias business park will do just that.
Sketches By the Grand Junction Economic Partnership
If you want to see the online brochure about the Las Colonias business park, you can find it here. The brochure was created by the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and is geared towards attracting new businesses to the area. However, the overview presented on the brochure, we believe, can be helpful for anyone interested in seeing how Grand Junction’s downtown growth will look.
In the middle of the brochure are artist’s sketches of the business park and how it will tie in with Riverside Parkway, the outdoor amphitheater, and even the rest of Grand Junction’s downtown. As general contractors, we see how the project will stimulate growth for all Grand Junction. We’d ideally love to see more companies decide to set up businesses between Main Street and Riverside. Not that Grand Junction as a town needs to change. We have a wonderful place to live here now, and we certainly don’t want Grand Junction to become the new Front Range. But it will be nice, especially for younger generations, to have more options for living and working downtown.
Along Riverside Parkway
We will be building new live/work communities located at Las Colonias and at our upcoming project, Dos Rios (Dos Rios is located just West of Las Colonias, on Riverside). Dos Rios will be 60 acres of mixed-use development. There will be residential, retail, open space, and industrial construction going in very soon. Like Las Colonias, however, it will be very tastefully done. Visitors to the Dos Rios area will be delighted with our design and finish. Anyone wondering how Dos Rios will look, roughly, can look to our current projects on both sides of Edgewater Brewery.
We currently have two townhomes buildings finished on Riverside Parkway, just West of Edgewater, with another two buildings almost ready to sell. The buildings are three stories tall, making them some of the most unique homes available in Grand Junction. We will also be constructing new townhomes in the lot adjacent in the next couple years as the rest of our projects come to fruition. These newer townhomes will be two stories and very affordably priced. The East side of Edgewater has the amphitheater and the new butterfly lake, making it currently one of the most desirable places to live in Grand Junction.
Expanding Grand Junction’s Downtown
We see a day coming in the next five to ten years where downtown will stretch from Main Street to Riverside, and people can live and work in the same relative location. It’s a sort of cultural shift for Grand Junction. As contractors, we’ve seen live-work communities built across the country, to good effect. They’re unique areas for especially the younger generation of millennials and the group currently being called “iGen.” The live-work concept is very attractive to people who want to be tied in to their community, but don’t want to live with a mortgage for decades to come.
They want to work where they play and enjoy the outdoors. As our downtown area grows, more people will be able to walk or bike to work. The work itself, because of developments like the Las Colonias business park, will be higher paying that typical jobs CMU graduates could currently find in Grand Junction. We’re expecting to see more outdoor and tech companies fill out the growing downtown space, giving more opportunity to our younger generation. Plus, that kind of growth especially, as we’ve seen in larger cities, will pay off economically as well in the form of increased jobs and higher taxes collected by the city.
The Riverside area is certainly becoming an attractive location. We think as Grand Junction comes around to the benefits provided by an enlarged downtown, there will be more live-work spaces sought out in other parts of town. We’re excited to be the general contractors in Grand Junction that are taking on this type of project most.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.
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