Bridge paves way for Maverik store; construction remains steady
Construction activity in the southeast area has been building steadily in the last year, with signs that the area will continue to see new homes and neighborhoods as the Grand Valley climbs out of the economic downturn.
Two developments that were approved during the boom years, Willow Wood and Apple Acres, are back in front of city planners, since the original approval expired.
“Once a subdivision is approved, it’s valid for two years,” said Lori Bowers, senior planner for the city of Grand Junction. Developers can ask for a one-year administrative extension, but after that, developments must get re-approved by the city.
Apple Acres is a proposed 26-lot development off E Road near 30 Road. Willow Wood is slightly larger, with 42 proposed homes on 7.8 acres off E Road near 31 1/2 Road. Both have yet to receive final approval from the city, but Bowers doesn’t anticipate any issues that will delay approval.
A new Maverik Convenience Store is also waiting for final approval from city planners. The store will be at the northeast corner of 29 Road and D Road, across the street from the Western Colorado Community College electric lineworkers site.
“After the completion of the bridge over the river, the traffic on 29 Road tripled, which made the intersection even more attractive,” said Don Lilyquist with Maverik. “We felt that the corner would be a great place for a new Maverik store and would fit in well with future commercial development.”
The new store will be about 400 square feet larger than the existing Maverik stores in the valley. Lilyquist hopes to begin construction as soon as the company receives the green light from the city, possibly by the end of July. Construction will take approximately four months.
Habitat for Humanity is continuing to develop the John H. Hoffman neighborhood, a self-help housing project off D Road, which is being brought to the market in phases.
“We have five lots left in phase one,” said Janet Brink, executive director for Habitat for Humanity. The organization hopes to begin moving dirt for infrastructure construction of phase two sometime in the fall.
To get approval to build a Habitat home, applicants must have a need for a safe home, an ability to pay the interest-free mortgage and a willingness to partner and work by doing 500 volunteer hours. Prospective homeowners must work 150 volunteer hours, either on someone else’s home or in another capacity, prior to getting approval to begin construction on their home.
Senergy Builders is building and selling in two subdivisions in the southeast area, KC Farms and River Trails. KC Farms is an 11-lot subdivision near 31 1/2 and E Road, and River Trails is a much larger subdivision off D Road that will eventually have around 200 homes. Both subdivisions offer only Energy Star-rated homes, and the homes in River Trails also have leased solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.
“Buyers (at River Trails) are happy about everything — the energy efficiency, the smart home features, the solar panel, the xeriscape — the entire package,” said Joan Lowe with Senergy Builders.
Senergy is planning to start two more homes at KC Farms, and at least two more homes at River Trails in the upcoming weeks. The two finished homes at River Trails are still available, however, as prospective buyers who are writing contracts are opting for different floor plans.
Blue Star is also building homes in the southeast area in Westland Estates, a subdivision off D Road near 30 Road.
Prices for homes in the southeast area make it one of the most affordable areas in the Grand Valley, with many homes coming into the market under $200,000.