Council approves architectural fees for Avalon work

Grand Junction City Council approved a laundry list of items Wednesday night during their meeting.

Most significant was the board’s approval to spend $110,476 for architectural service designs toward renovation of the city-owned historic Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. The move marks a turning point for council members to invest money in the entertainment and arts venue. Council members said they would revisit investing more dollars into the Avalon later this year while creating the 2013 budget.

In other news:

■ Council members unanimously approved rezoning 281 parcels east of Colorado Mesa University to a higher density. Parcels in the area roughly south and east of North 12th Street and Orchard Avenue were zoned R-8, meaning eight units were allowed per acre. The zoning was increased to 12 units per acre.

■ Council members unanimously approved entering into a contract with Jack Sommers and Lonnie Miller of PAT Services to provide concessions at Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses.

■ Council members unanimously approved $136,334 for the Grand Junction Police Department to purchase a Crime Scene Response and Evidence Collection Vehicle. Funds for the vehicle are available through the 21st Judicial District Law Enforcement Forfeiture Board.


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