Trucking firm: We’ve done our part
Brady representatives say they’ve acted in good faith on river property
Less than 48 hours after protesting an effort to block industrial operations along the Colorado River, Brady Trucking representatives insisted Thursday they have done their part to clean up the riverfront and made concessions to promote recreational uses.
With neighboring industrial businesses and representatives from the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Mesa County Realtor Association in attendance, Brady Trucking employees offered a tour of their nearly 13-acre property and explained how they plan to use it in the future.
Western Colorado Congress and Brady Trucking are locked in a battle over how the Utah-based company’s land near 27 1/2 and C 1/2 roads should be zoned. The City Council has zoned the property light industrial and industrial office.
Western Colorado Congress submitted petitions to the city seeking to force the council to rezone the land as mixed use or put the issue before voters.
City officials will hold a hearing in which both sides will argue why the protest should or shouldn’t invalidate the petitions.
Brady Trucking Operations Manager Russ Justice asserted Thursday the company bought the property three years ago while it was still in the county under a heavy-industrial zone district. He said the city’s growth plan indicated the property would retain industrial uses.
Justice said the city worked with the Trust for Public Land to try to arrange a land trade and relocate Brady Trucking to a site on 21 1/2 Road. But he said the Trust offered the land owner there about $3 a square foot for the property, which is far less than what Realtors say is the current market value of industrial land.
Justice said the Trust then offered him about $2.50 a square foot for Brady Trucking’s 13 acres, which he said would have been less than what the company spent to purchase and clean up the property.
He said Brady Trucking plans to create a gravel storage yard and build a two-story office building and five-bay garage to store trucks and equipment on the property zoned light industrial. He said the company doesn’t yet know what it will do with the land zoned industrial-office.
Justice said he fears the petitions to down-zone the property, if successful, will set a precedent that could scare away other businesses looking to move here or expand.