City might put river-area acreage up for sale

Grand Junction voters would have to approve the potential sale of nearly nine city-owned acres at various spots along Riverside Parkway before the city could consider moving the property onto the real estate market.

Some parcels are part of undeveloped Las Colonias Park. As with all park land, the city would need voter approval before selling the land, which is divided into four parcels along the parkway in south downtown. City Attorney John Shaver said the issue could appear on a ballot as soon as April 2011, when the city will conduct an election for new City Council members.

Selling the land, especially when other parcels are fetching lower sale prices than they would have commanded a couple years ago, received a lukewarm review from City Council members at a city property committee meeting Monday. Still, the issue remains on the table.

The city also is mulling the sale of half an acre on the southeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Riverside Parkway, plus 4.25 acres southeast of U.S. Highway 50 near where the highway connects to the parkway.

The parcels were purchased by the city to accommodate building of the parkway but contained more land than was needed for road and landscaping.


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