Whitewater offers variety in single-family homes
Whitewater is an interesting place to live. From Highway 50, it may not look like much, but once you slow down and take the time to wander around the hills and valleys, there’s a lot of beauty out in that area.
There are also a lot of choices when it comes to real estate, with gorgeous, one-of-a-kind estates on one end of the spectrum and modular homes on smaller lots on the other end. The area appeals to anyone who’s not interested in having an intrusive HOA dictate what color a house can be or how many trees must be planted in the front yard.
Although Whitewater has plenty of rural properties, with various size homes on large and small acreage lots, the area also has some water and sewer services. Most existing homes are on septic, however. Some of the areas in Whitewater have irrigation water available, while some don’t. Almost all of the available housing is single-family, but that’s the only shared characteristic; in Whitewater, there is no one-size-fits-all description of real estate.
Mesa County has developed a campus in the Whitewater area on land it has owned for years. In addition to the landfill and recycling services, all road and bridge crews work out of Whitewater, the animal shelter is in Whitewater, as are the traffic departments and the bus barn for Grand Valley Transit.
A new road that provides access to county facilities as well as additional areas for commercial development, Hookless Boulevard, will be open soon. The road runs between Coffman Road and Highway 50 and will also service Colorado Mesa University’s Forensic Investigation Research Station.
The Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center, a joint facility in Whitewater built the city, the county and CMU, opened the first phase of development last August. The first phase includes a paved driver training track, a concrete skid pad, an extensive storm drain system and infrastructure for future development.
The facility is intended to be used exclusively by public safety officers. The Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s office and the Police Officer Academy at WCCC have have been the most frequent users of the facility, but it has also been used by officers from the federal government and from other western Colorado counties.
At some point in the future, the facility will have classrooms, a simulated cityscape and a fire training structure. Funding sources for future development have not been identified at this point.
A commercial development, Whitewater Village, is in the planning stages for 20 acres near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 141.
“In our opinion, there’s a great need for services,” said Dennis Krueger, one of the partners in the development. “It’s a high traffic intersection, and neighbors seem excited about having services.”
Krueger and his partners have owned the land since 2009. They’ve been waiting for the economy to improve to develop the land.
Krueger hopes to attract the attention of a gas and convenience store, which he thinks could be a great anchor for the entire development. Early buyers will get the best prices, and there are also traffic impact fee credits available.
“If I don’t generate interest from a buyer or two right up front, we’ll probably just hunker down and wait for the economy to get a little stronger,” Krueger said.
Ideally, the partners would prefer to sell the commercial sites. They’re also willing to build to suit or built and lease for strong tenants.
Whitewater is poised for growth. It may not happen as quickly as some are anticipating, but the area will be ready when it does come.