Business moves into historic house
A house on the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Patterson Road will be turned into the offices for Columbine Caregivers, a home care company.
The house was the last residential property at the intersection, which has St. Mary’s Hospital on the southwest corner, the St. Mary’s Pavilion on the southeast corner and a strip mall on the northwest corner. The Grand Junction City Council rezoned the property at 602 26 1/2 Road for residential office use earlier this week.
Columbine Caregivers co-owners Paula and Mike McCormick purchased the property in December and are using the house for staff meetings and training, but they won’t have a sign out front or an open house in the home for another three to six weeks. Some new landscaping has been completed, and the company will add four or five parking spots behind the home.
The McCormicks plan to keep the house intact instead of replacing it with a new office building, in part because of its history.
Paula McCormick said the home was built by former Daily Sentinel Publisher Walter Walker for his son, Preston, another Daily Sentinel publisher. The home was later sold to the parents of Gene Taylor, owner of the local sports store that bears his name.
“We’re very much sensitive to that history,” Paula McCormick said.
Columbine Caregivers also has a history in the Grand Valley. The agency opened in 1989 and is one of the oldest home-care agencies in Grand Junction, according to Paula McCormick. The company does not provide medical care, but helps people with in-home tasks, such as bathing, dressing and remembering to take pills. The service also provides transportation and grocery-shopping assistance. McCormick said the company is licensed for nonskilled work but will soon apply for a skilled license.
The McCormicks purchased the company in 2007 and have run it from their home. Paula McCormick said the company has expanded to cover Veterans Affairs Medical Center patients, so the time was right to expand to a new headquarters.
“I think right now we’re in a growth spurt,” she said. “We’ve done some increasing of hiring to help with new ventures.”