Public defender to be among tenants in new building near Justice Center

The main tenant of a four-story structure being built downtown certainly will be appropriate for a building named the Liberty Center.

Two floors of the Liberty Center will be leased by the Grand Junction Public Defender’s Office, which will move a block from its current home to set up shop at 114 N. Spruce St., across the street from the Mesa County Justice Center. The agency expects to take up residence there in August.

“This will probably be the best public defender’s office in the state,” said Jim Fahrenholtz, owner of the Liberty Center and managing owner of Avon-based Fahrenholtz Carey & Wiens
LLC law firm.

Fahrenholtz said he is glad to have the Public Defender’s Office for a tenant, and the agency has signed a 10-year lease.

Ryan Esplin, an attorney at the Public Defender’s Office, said the staff is excited to get into the new building, which will provide “a more comfortable professional setting. It will be good for the clients.”

Esplin said the office has a staff of about 20 people, including attorneys, investigators, support staff and interns.

The Public Defender’s Office has been at 105 W. Main St. since the new Justice Center opened in 2001.

Shaw Construction is the contractor of the 24,000-square-foot building.

Fahrenholtz Carey & Wiens will have a 3,000-square-foot office in the building, with a potential to have up to five lawyers. Another tenant will be Wally’s Bail Bonds. Approximately 5,000 square feet remain available for rent, Fahrenholtz said.

This will be Fahrenholtz Carey & Wiens third location. The other offices are in Avon and Glenwood Springs. It specializes in personal injury and criminal defense.

“We have quite a few cases we’re handling down there already,” he said of Grand Junction.

“We are real anxious to get down there.”

Fahrenholtz said he has handled cases in the Grand Junction area for the past 20 years.


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