Fruita council OKs 128-unit complex for senior living

The Fruita City Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday night to build a 128-unit senior apartment complex, clearing the way for it to be one of the few larger-scale apartment buildings to come on line in Mesa County in the past 15 years.

Council members signed off on the preliminary plan for what will be known as the Kokopelli Senior Lodge, a 5.3-acre development in the southeast corner of the Kokopelli Commercial Park south of Interstate 70.

The complex will contain one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 500 to 820 square feet and is intended for people over the age of 55.

“The developer believes there is a great need for this type of product in Fruita,” Michael Philipp, a representative for developer and property owner James McCurter, said before the meeting.

The site originally was intended to be a family entertainment center consisting of an eight-screen movie theater, a 16-lane bowling alley and arcades, but those plans never materialized.

In other business, the council:

Authorized a preliminary plan for a 40-acre industrial park at 1110 16 Road. Council members required the Mesa Grand Industrial Park to establish a 50-foot easement to accommodate a future trail along the Colorado River and collaborate with the city to build a bridge over Big Salt Wash. The developer originally had planned a 25-foot easement and asked the city to build the bridge on its own.

Adopted a resolution opposing and encouraging Fruita residents to vote against Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61, a trio of tax-cutting and debt-limiting measures on the November ballot. City officials say the initiatives, if approved, will cripple city finances and services.


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