City adds needed industrial property

There’s more vacant industrial land in Grand Junction now — and in an appropriate location — thanks to action taken by the Grand Junction City Council Wednesday night.

The council approved the rezoning to light industrial of 80 acres of property at 860 21 Road, just a little north of U.S. Highway 6 & 50. It earlier amended the city’s growth plan to change the land-use designation for the property from rural to commercial-industrial.

The property is close to the state highway, and little more than a mile from the 22 Road interchange on Interstate 70. It is also in an area that has been gradually changing from rural residential to light industrial and commercial.

Adding vacant industrial property in the midst of a severe economic downturn may not seem like a high priority, but Councilwoman Linda Romer Todd was right when she said that the city should work when times are slow to ensure that adequate land is available when the economy improves. In recent years, there has been a dearth of vacant industrial land in or near the city, and prices for such land have skyrocketed.

Furthermore, despite the current economic situation, local commercial real estate broker Dale Beede said a Texas businessman is prepared to build an 80,000-square-foot distribution warehouse right away. We hope that project materializes.

In approving this rezoning and earlier ones for nearby properties last year, the City Council is helping to ensure there is more light industrial property available for other businesses that may want to locate here in the future.


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