Multiblock project was to be ‘anchor’ for north downtown

With the possible sale of a key piece of property, the future of a complex development idea known as the Catalyst Project is uncertain.

That project, proposed several years ago, envisioned a new central library, a new senior recreation center, housing and retail space — all contained within a revitalized several-block area between Fourth and Sixth streets and Grand and Chipeta avenues.

A number of stakeholders championed the project — including the Mesa County Public Library District, the Downtown Development Authority, the Grand Junction Housing Authority, the city of Grand Junction and Mesa County.

However, the downturn in the economy and cratering of the real estate market slowed momentum for the project to a halt.

“To have something to anchor this north end of downtown would be really cool,” library spokesman Bob Kretschman said. “But once that process went on hiatus, we still had our needs. They were fairly immediate.”

“We had a need to move ahead with our improvements and expansions,” he said, referring to the ongoing facelift happening at the central library, 530 Grand Ave.


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