Lots of redevelopment and changes coming to properties in the city area

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The construction fence went up last week around the site where River Trail Townhomes will be built. The townhomes are adjacent to Edgewater Brewery and back up to Las Colonias park and the Colorado Riverfront Trail. They will all have roof-top patios to give residents a place to admire their great city, Monument, Grand Mesa and river views.



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The construction fence went up last week around the site where River Trail Townhomes will be built. The townhomes are adjacent to Edgewater Brewery and back up to Las Colonias park and the Colorado Riverfront Trail. They will all have roof-top patios to give residents a place to admire their great city, Monument, Grand Mesa and river views.

After three and a half years of dreaming, hoping and planning, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Colorado Discover Ability facility at Las Colonias park happened last week. CDA is leasing the one-acre site on Struthers from the city, and is excited about the location, which will make it easier for clients to enjoy the outdoors.



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After three and a half years of dreaming, hoping and planning, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Colorado Discover Ability facility at Las Colonias park happened last week. CDA is leasing the one-acre site on Struthers from the city, and is excited about the location, which will make it easier for clients to enjoy the outdoors.

Although it may look like nothing is happening at the former railroad depot on Pitkin Avenue, the new owner, Dustin Anzures, is working and moving his plans in a positive direction, and is currently chatting with prospective tenants about what they’d like to use the building and how to restore it to its former glory.



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Although it may look like nothing is happening at the former railroad depot on Pitkin Avenue, the new owner, Dustin Anzures, is working and moving his plans in a positive direction, and is currently chatting with prospective tenants about what they’d like to use the building and how to restore it to its former glory.

This redevelopment project has been a long and slow process as the owner has worked through issues with the city planning office and has also tried to stay within budget to turn this former hotel into assisted living, one-bedroom apartments.



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This redevelopment project has been a long and slow process as the owner has worked through issues with the city planning office and has also tried to stay within budget to turn this former hotel into assisted living, one-bedroom apartments.

This home at 1161 Main St. will be demolished, along with a neighboring home to make way for a townhome development. The developer, Silas Colman, will not seek a re-zoning for the townhomes to create higher density than what current zoning allows. He has not yet determined how many individual townhomes he will build on the properties he owns at that end of Main Street, which includes two homes and two vacant lots, but is planning on building larger townhomes that will also have two-car garages, front porches and small back yards.



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This home at 1161 Main St. will be demolished, along with a neighboring home to make way for a townhome development. The developer, Silas Colman, will not seek a re-zoning for the townhomes to create higher density than what current zoning allows. He has not yet determined how many individual townhomes he will build on the properties he owns at that end of Main Street, which includes two homes and two vacant lots, but is planning on building larger townhomes that will also have two-car garages, front porches and small back yards.

Redevelopment can take longer than anticipated in places, buildings and areas that have long been neglected. The area down by the Colorado River, where the city continues to develop Las Colonias Park has been a long time in coming, starting with just a small trickle here and there.
Jim and Bernadette Jeffryes, who eventually became two of the six local partners behind Kannah Creek Brewery, were some of the first to recognize the area’s potential. They purchased the land on which Edgewater Brewery sits on 905 Struthers in the late 1990s, long before the tamarisk was cleared out of Watson Island or Riverside Parkway carried hundreds of motorists past the site on a daily basis.
“Originally, when we bought it, the plan was to have a brewpub,” said Bernadette. Construction of Riverside Parkway delayed the brewpub, so the partners opened Kannah Creek Brewery on 12th Street instead. Once the parkway was complete, they took a risk and opened up the larger brewing facility at Edgewater, in hopes of expanding their distribution. 
Because Edgewater was designed to be a brewing facility, it doesn’t have a large indoor seating area, or a typical restaurant-sized kitchen. The partners didn’t anticipate that the location would prove to be such a huge draw, nor did they realize that hundreds of other craft breweries in Colorado and across the country were also trying to expand distribution into other markets.
Rather than continuing to try to expand their penetration into other markets while locals wish the dining area was bigger, the partners at Kannah have sold their 30-barrel brewing system and replaced it with a smaller, 10-barrel system. Space in the building that was devoted to production will be turned into additional indoor seating and an expanded kitchen.
“It will be a process over the next two to three months,” Bernadette said. “Our goal is to get it done before winter.”
They’ll have nearby construction company in the next few months, as the construction fencing has been erected for River Trail Townhomes. The townhomes are directly west of Edgewater Brewery on Struthers, with direct access to Las Colonias and the Colorado Riverfront Trail. Infrastructure construction will start this week, and the owners hope to begin construction of the first two buildings within 30 days.
“There will be four buildings, with a total of 14 units,” said Ray Rickard, the RE/MAX 4000 listing agent for the townhomes. All of the units are two-story, and none will have elevators, but Rickard said some of the units will be ADA-friendly, with more main level living space.
“We’re trying to make them as affordable as possible,” Rickard said. “They will all have rooftop patios. They’re not the standard look for here; we’re looking for more of an industrial retro look.”
The townhomes will be listed once construction has begun, and Rickard hopes to have the first units done by the end of the year.
Colorado Discover Ability recently had a groundbreaking ceremony at the one-acre Las Colonias property it will be leasing from the city of Grand Junction, where the non-profit is building a location that will allow it to move administrative offices and equipment storage to one site. The new, 4,500 square foot facility, will allow clients to come to the office, pick up an adaptive bike, and pedal out the back door onto the Riverfront Trail, if they choose to. CDA hopes to be moved into its new facility on Struthers by January 1, or sooner.
Planning and design is going on for the Confluence, a mixed use development for a property at Fourth and Rood. The vacant lot is adjacent to the downtown parking garage, and Darin Carei, the owner of the property, is planning a four-story condo building, with retail space on the first floor and living units above.
“We just sent out for the first round of bidding,” Carei said. “We will be breaking ground in 2018, with projected occupancy in 2019.”
The building will have several energy-efficient amenities, including solar offset on the roof. Carei is also planning several noise-mitigating building techniques between units and on all exterior walls.
Although construction delays pushed the move into its newly remodeled building back by a few months, staff members at Cendera Funding are hopeful that they will be able to move into the building at 128 N. Fifth St. by September 1.
The new owners of the former railroad depot on South Avenue aren’t ready to put firm dates on their plans for their project, but they are still moving forward and soliciting tenants.
“We still feel very hopeful about the real estate market,” said Dustin Anzures. “We’re doing as much as we can for the building; it needs everything, but right now, it’s more about concepts and finding partners.”
More downtown housing is coming via redevelopment of older properties, including a townhome development for two older homes and vacant lots near 12th and Main Street.
“What we’re building fits within the current zoning, we’re not asking for a re-zone,” said Silas Colman, the developer of the project. “These will be larger, two-story units, with three-bedrooms and two-baths and a detached garage.”
Colman recently completed another in-fill redevelopment project on North Avenue that’s designed to be the next step after students are ready to leave the dormitories. U-Point Apartments are across the street from Colorado Mesa University, on North Avenue.
“There are 14 rooms available in four units,” said Colman. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, and the kitchen has locking pantry space so roommates don’t raid each other’s food. Apartments are furnished, and all utilities, including cable TV and Internet, are included in the rent. 
The site where Colman built the apartments used to have an abandoned single family home on a narrow lot.
There is a team working on asbestos removal for another downtown living project at 10th and Grand, the Lofts. Although neighbors have been vocal in their disappointment with the project, its approval was upheld and demolition of the former church building and funeral home is progressing. 
Progress is also taking place on the former hotel building at First and Rood, where investors recently received approval from the city planning office to create 45 one-bedroom apartments. 
Redevelopment often takes longer than anticipated, and while some projects receive nothing but applause for creating something out of an abandoned or neglected property, other projects are received with skepticism or concern. Change, however, seems to be inevitable, and changes are coming through several real estate projects in the city’s core area.

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