City to consider El Poso complaints

Some residents of the nearly 50 homes in Grand Junction’s El Poso area would rather not be greeted by an enclosed storage yard at the entrance to their neighborhood.

Grand Junction’s Planning Commission in late April unanimously approved a conditional-use permit to allow the U.S. Department of the Interior to store government vehicles on a vacant lot in the area in connection with a $7 million remodel and reuse of the former Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods building, 445 W. Gunnison Ave. An estimated 100 to 115 locally employed federal government workers will be based out of the building after it’s completed.

Tonight, at the regular city council meeting, Grand Junction’s city councilors will respond to a resident’s appeal of the planning commissioners’ approval decision.

Opponents believe the storage yard will decrease their property values, that an 8-foot wall surrounding the secured area doesn’t fit in with the residential neighborhood, and that the city should require more landscaping. They are not opposed to the 45,000-square-foot office space and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse, according to meeting minutes.

Councilors can only consider the facts and testimony that previously were presented to planning commissioners and determine whether the board acted appropriately to reach their decision. No new information or testimony is allowed, however the city council can request clarification from city staff about information included in the record. Councilors can uphold the decision or send the issue back to planning commissioners to reconsider. Councilors must have a majority vote to reverse a planning commission decision.


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