City OKs 1,100 homes, commercial development

A plan to build more than 1,100 housing units and retail space nearly the size of Mesa Mall won approval from the Grand Junction City Council on Monday.

Council members unanimously signed off on an outline development plan for 154 acres of land at the northwest corner of 29 Road and Riverside Parkway. The plan calls for the construction of up to 1,124 multi-family housing units, 565,000 square feet of commercial space and 44 acres of light industrial businesses.

The housing would constitute the largest multifamily development in the Grand Valley, while the commercial space would create one of the largest shopping centers in the area.

Representatives for Mesa State College’s Real Estate Foundation, which owns the property, say the development would shore up the area’s shortage of high-density housing and provide shopping opportunities at the east end of the valley.

The land is home to Mesa State’s electrical lineman program, the Western Slope Animal Diagnostic Laboratory and several storage buildings. It sits immediately east of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

The foundation agreed to establish a 50-foot setback for structures on the west side of the property, a 25-foot landscape buffer and a 6-foot fence after cemetery directors expressed concern that noise from the development could interfere with the solemnity of the cemetery.


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