The next industrial park?

City officials are looking to the desert area north and east of Grand Junction as a potential location for a future commercial and industrial area.

That area — between 29 Road and 32 Road and north of Interstate 70 — would seem to be a reasonable location for new industrial operations in this community. The land in question has easy access to the interstate and Grand Junction Regional Airport. It would not be taking irrigated agricultural land out of production. It would also focus more commercial and industrial operations in the east end of the valley, and not concentrate the bulk of them on the west side of Grand Junction, as is now the case.

But much of the land in question is in the county right now, zoned for 35-acre or larger home parcels. The city will have to work closely with Mesa County officials if the land is to be rezoned and either annexed to the city or maintained as a commercial area in the unincorporated part of the county.

Equally important, as Councilwoman Linda Romer Todd and others have noted, there is a critical shortage of industrial property right now in the Grand Valley. While the desert area in question is being examined as part of the city’s 30-year comprehensive plan, there is good reason to move forward quickly to provide additional industrial lands in the area.


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