St. Joseph embarks on parish hall project

Construction workers clear lots to build the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall addition in downtown Grand Junction. Shaw Construction is the general contractor, and the projects is being done by the church and the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo.

The earth has begun to move on a parcel of land next to St. Joseph Catholic Church downtown, 230 N. Third St., as the initial steps toward the construction project of a new parish hall got under way in earnest earlier this week.

St. Joseph’s new parish hall — which will be built on part of a piece of land the Diocese of Pueblo purchased from US Bank next door — is where the church will hold extra activities, special events and other gatherings and parties.

The new parish hall, being built by Shaw Construction, will also be available for other community functions. The hall will be large but will have the ability of being divided into three areas, so presumably three events could happen at the church simultaneously.

“It’s not just for us — it’s something we’d like to share with the community,” said the Rev. Edmundo Valera of St. Joseph.

Valera said people can expect to see real activity on the site over the next few months, as heavy equipment begins to make way for construction of the new hall.

“We’re hoping, if everything works out well, by Easter next year we’ll have a new building up there,” Valera said.

St. Joseph has been a fixture along White Avenue downtown for more than a century. The first makeshift church in the immediate area was built in 1898, Valera said.


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