City planner checking out market spots

Developer negotiating 12th St., Patterson Road improvements

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Grand Junction city officials and the developer of a new shopping center anchored by a City Market store have begun negotiations over the extent of improvements that will be made to the intersection of 12th Street and Patterson Road.

Scott Peterson, city senior planner, said he is reviewing and offering comments on a site plan submitted by Goldberg Properties Inc. The plan lays out how the Denver-based company will implement improvements to the intersection and how the nearly 9-acre site on the southeast corner will be accessed.

The site plan is the last hurdle for Goldberg to clear before construction can begin on a 49,000-square-foot supermarket, a gas station, a restaurant and two retail buildings.
City Public Works and Planning Director Tim Moore said the city and Goldberg have discussed the kinds of businesses that could occupy the shopping center and how much traffic those businesses will generate.

At a minimum Moore said,  he expects right-turn lanes to be built to direct northbound 12th Street traffic onto eastbound Patterson and eastbound Patterson traffic into the development.

Ultimately, he said, increased traffic on 12th and Patterson will create the need for dual left-turn lanes in all four directions at the intersection, an expansion that would cost the city an estimated $3 million even after Goldberg purchases right-of-way on the northeast and northwest corners.

Although the new development by itself won’t be large enough to necessitate the construction of double left-turn lanes, Moore said it may be best to install the improvements at the time the shopping center is being built.

“It’s just so much better for the motoring public to be able to have construction at one time,” he said.

The city used to require developers to pay for off-site street and intersection improvements.

That changed in 2004, when the city tripled traffic-impact fees to developers and, in exchange, assumed responsibility for off-site improvements.

City Market also is working toward building a 58,000-square-foot store, a drive-through pharmacy and a gas station on 7.4 acres at 630 24 Road. The site is immediately north of Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza on the northeast corner of 24 and Patterson roads.

City Senior Planner Lori Bowers said the Planning Commission could vote on a conditional-use permit application for the 24 Road store next month.

It’s unclear when either store will open, although the 24 Road site is expected to open before the one at 12th and Patterson. Peterson said the store at 12th and Patterson won’t open until 2010 or 2011.

Neither Goldberg Vice President Grant Nelson nor City Market spokesman Trail Daugherty could be reached for comment.


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