Panel backs rezone for new City Market
Decision on supermarket now lies with City Council
City Market inched closer Tuesday night to building a supermarket at 12th Street and Patterson Road, as the Grand Junction Planning Commission recommended rezoning the grocer’s land at that location.
Planning commissioners unanimously agreed to change the zoning on eight of 21 parcels from residential to neighborhood business, allowing the entire 8.6-acre property to have the same zoning.
The final decision on the zoning rests with the City Council.
The proposed development of a 49,000-square-foot grocery store, a gas station, a restaurant
and two retail buildings at the southeast corner of that intersection has polarized the community, and testimony offered Tuesday was no different.
Three residents who live or work within a mile of the property said the project represents a high-quality infill development that would offer convenient services.
“It makes a lot of sense,” Jim Garber said. “It’s been an infill project that’s been neglected for way too long.”
But neighbors who live on adjacent Wellington Avenue said getting rid of the residential zoning would eliminate a potential buffer between the grocery store and their homes.
“I don’t think you can come in and change the rules on us without a good reason, and I don’t think a grocery store is a good enough reason,” said Bruce Verstraete, who along with other Wellington Avenue residents has fought attempts to build a grocery store at 12th and Patterson for years.
Neighbors also contended that commercial development will pack more traffic onto an already busy intersection, and that city taxpayers will have to pay for millions of dollars in intersection improvements.
Planning Commissioner Reginald Wall said the standards established by a neighborhood-business zone district will limit business’ hours of operation and delivery trucks entering and exiting the shopping center.
“It will make the neighborhood stronger rather than have a negative impact,” Wall said.
If the council approves the rezone, the last step for City Market would be to apply for a conditional-use permit for the supermarket and submit a site plan.