Rezoning puts new City Market closer to final OK

City Market is now one step away from building a supermarket at 12th Street and Patterson Road after the Grand Junction City Council agreed Wednesday night to rezone the grocer’s land.

Council members unanimously agreed to change the zoning on eight of 21 parcels from residential to neighborhood business, allowing the entire 8.6 acres to have the same zoning.

Officials want to build a 49,000-square-foot grocery store, a gas station, a restaurant and two retail buildings at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Councilman Jim Doody said the shopping center would offer services that aren’t available to residents who live in that area and cut down on their driving distance.

Unlike previous Planning Commission and City Council meetings, the project easily sailed through Wednesday night’s public hearing, with little opposition.

Only one man spoke against the project. Mike Elliott, who said he used to work for City Market and drives through the intersection of 12th and Patterson frequently, said he’s concerned about the amount of traffic the center will generate. He said he’d prefer to see City Market build a grocery store the size of its store at First Street and Orchard Avenue.

“This could be a very detrimental project if allowed to go forward,” Elliott told the council.

Others, though, said they believe the development will not create as severe a congestion problem as feared, and that such a project has been needed for years.

“We see this as an infill project that is long overdue,” said Mike Stahl, senior vice president of Hilltop Community Resources, which operates a facility east of the development. “We see this as a benefit to the community and to the individuals we serve.”

The last step is for Denver-based Goldberg Properties Inc., the developer of the project, to apply for a conditional-use permit for the grocery store and submit a site plan that will explain how traffic issues will be addressed.

Mark Goldberg, president of Goldberg Properties, said changing the zoning to allow for a singular, commercial use will create a “very sound, urban infill project.”

“In today’s world, that’s probably more important than it ever has been before,” he said.


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