Mesa County buys building in Grand Junction to be used as office space

Mesa County commissioners on Monday unanimously agreed to buy the former City Market headquarters and warehouse in downtown Grand Junction, planning to consolidate several departments and offices there.

The county will spend $1.81 million to acquire the 53,000-square-foot building at 105 W. Colorado Ave. from GCK LLC. That amount is more than double the $850,000 the county initially offered, but less than the $2.5 million original asking price, County Administrator Jon Peacock said.

“This has had our attention for many months,” Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said prior to the vote. “I’m happy to see the likelihood of a transaction here.”

Peacock said GCK will remove asbestos in the building and demolish the interior before turning it over to the county. The county expects to spend $3.8 million to remodel the facility and move in sometime in the summer of 2011.

The county will relocate a number of departments, offices and storage space into the building, allowing it to save rent and sell its building at 750 Main St. County officials say that will save citizens and county staff time going to multiple locations. The building also is located near other county facilities, including the Justice Center and Sheriff’s Department.

Peacock said the cost savings should allow the building to pay for itself in seven years.

“That’s a pretty quick turnaround for a project of this size,” he said.

City Market moved out of its 2.3-acre headquarters and warehouse on Colorado Avenue in 2004. The building, which is nearly evenly divided between office and warehouse space, has been sitting mostly emtpy since then.


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