Optimism on Avalon

For those who believe the Avalon Theatre is a facility worth saving, and that the city of Grand Junction should play a major role in that rejuvenation effort, the news from last Friday’s City Council meeting was indeed welcome.

During the meeting, members of the council indicated their support for a $7.6 million plan for the first phase of reconstruction on the historic theater.

As Mayor Sam Susuras stated, “This is a city-owned building. I do not want to see it go dark.”

To which we can only add: Hear, hear.

But it must be noted that the discussion was an informal one. No vote was taken and no firm commitment was made.

Still, after several weeks during which some council members expressed reluctance to spend any money on the Avalon — including the $3 million the previous council had already set aside in the budget for it — it’s good to see city councilors voicing support for the Avalon and for city contributions to it.

We hope that support will be confirmed in an upcoming council vote.


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