Historic White Hall waiting for buyer
White Hall has had many lives.
It was a church, dance studio, a live-performance theater, an office space.
Most recently it housed three floors of small shops in its east wing, which resembles a school with classrooms. The shopping center lasted nearly a year, but owners were unable to complete a contract to officially buy the space, according to 1st Choice Real Estate Broker Harry Hotimsky. It went back on the market last year.
Hotimsky is representing the building, hoping for a buyer who will give it its next life. He has had inquiries from nonprofit organizations, churches and a photography business. Others want to develop the space into offices or residential condominiums or turn it into a nightclub or entertainment venue. So far, no one has been able to seal the deal.
The west end of the building, which houses a chapel and a large second-story apartment, among other rooms, was built in 1923, according to Mesa County Assessor records. The east side was added in 1957, according to the records.
The assessor’s site lists the actual value of the entire building, which is split into seven condominiums, as $1.5 million. When it went on the market two years ago, before the shopping center, the asking price for the building was $1.4 million.
The asking price has since dropped to $695,000.
“Not a lot of commercial space is selling right now. People are worried about starting a business,” Hotimsky said.
A tour of the building reveals each room has a different look, and there are many contain remnants of a past use. One room has a scuffed-up dance floor. Another has a city skyline mural from when the room housed a store. The chapel has tall, stained-glass windows, heavy drapes, crimson carpet and rows of wooden pews. A sign underneath a window in an adjacent room reads “Trustees, 1925.”
The west side of the building especially retains a sense of history, Hotimsky said.
“There aren’t many buildings in Grand Junction that still have this vintage flavor,” he said.
To inquire about buying the building, people can call 245-8181 or visit http://www.1stchoiceco.com.