12th Street Market

The long-debated and previously rejected grocery-store complex planned for the corner of 12th Street and Patterson Road moved much closer to reality Wednesday.

We think it’s high time. As we have long argued, the parcel of property on the southeast corner of that intersection is well-suited for the sort of commercial center that developer Goldberg Properties of Denver is planning.

The Grand Junction City Council’s decision Wednesday evening puts the entire 8.6-acre parcel in a single business zone and eliminates residential zoning on the land.

That decision allows Goldberg to apply for a conditional-use permit for the development, which is to include a City Market grocery store and other retail space.

It will, as Councilman Jim Doody noted, provide access to a modern grocery store and other amenities for a region of the city where those are currently lacking.

Questions about things like traffic flow will be addressed in the next phase, through a site plan.

For those who have followed previous attempts over the past two decades to win approval for a grocery store on that property, it is somewhat astonishing — and refreshing — to learn that Wednesday evening’s hearing drew only one voice in opposition.

We hope the remaining portions of the permit process move swiftly and development can get under way soon on the project.


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