Motel buyer checks out

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City Market was mere minutes away on Wednesday from buying the Value Lodge property, near the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue. At nearly the last minute, the grocery chain backed out of the deal after the parties failed to reach agreement on the city’s lighting standards for the fuel station that had been planned for the site.

Deal falls through after city says it won’t leave the light on

Mariusz and Wanda Latek were 10 minutes from leaving their Grand Junction home to sign papers to sell their motel located near First Street and Grand Avenue.
It was nearly at the last minute when the couple’s attorney called and told them not to bother: City Market — which had their Value Lodge property, 104 White Ave. under contract — was pulling out of the sale.

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