More houses, more apartments, improved roads and additional businesses are all on the horizon for the northeast area, where one national retailer recently found a home. Big 5 Sporting Goods, a regional sporting goods store with headquarters in Southern California, opened a Grand Junction store in May in the Teller Arms Shopping Center, 2401 North Ave.

A national franchise retail company, RNR Tire Express, is planning to open a store at 2865 North Ave. RNR specializes in tires and custom wheels.

The city and the county are partnering together to bring a small section of Orchard Avenue between Normandy Drive (which sits between 28 1/2 and 28 3/4 Roads) and 29 Road up to modern urban standards. When construction is finished, that section of street will have three traffic lanes, a four-foot bike lane, curb, gutters and sidewalk, matching what already exists on either side.

"The school (Nisley Elementary, which is just around the corner) was the driving factor," said Laura Page with Mesa County. "It will be safer for students; that was the initial incentive for the project."

Although the county could have simply added a sidewalk to improve safety, that particular section of road was old and in need of attention, so the county and city partnered to put in a new storm drain, replace sewer and water lines and relocate irrigation lines.

Steve Voytilla, a local real estate developer and builder, recently purchased the Plaza on North Avenue, a commercially zoned development on North Avenue near 28 3/4 Road. In addition to searching for a drive-up restaurant interested in one of the pad sites on the property, Voytilla plans to build four apartment buildings on the property.

"We're building 56 one-bedroom apartments," said Voytilla, who added that he is still working through the planning process with the city of Grand Junction, but hopes to be able to break ground on the first phase of construction within 30 days. The first phase will include 28 total apartment units, with eight in one building and 20 in the other.

The one-bedroom apartments will be 700 square feet, with one bedroom, one bath, and a small office/study area. Voytilla is anticipating that rent will be around $800 per month.

There are several new housing developments in various stages in the northeast area, with some that are still in planning or infrastructure construction and several in the home building stage.

Bella Dimora is the lock-and-leave, higher density development that's a continuation of The Legends, an in-fill development that will eventually have 270 units. Ron Abeloe started The Legends about 15 years ago with one parcel of land, and as it became available, he purchased adjoining land over the years to create a cohesive neighborhood in a great location.

Bella Dimora is off Patterson at 28 1/2 Road, and features multiple builders. Homes are between 1,400 to 1,900 square feet, with some ranch and a few two-story models. At Bella Dimora, the HOA takes care of all landscaping, both front and back, which makes it a perfect place for snow birds, or anyone who doesn't want to spend part of their Saturday mowing, trimming or weeding. Prices start in the upper $250s.

Homes are also under construction at Graff Meadows, where Senergy Builders is building and selling homes in filing one. There are already eight pre-sold homes in the neighborhood, and Senergy has also started two spec homes. The spec homes will be Energy Star-certified, and will have 1,372 square feet and are priced at $248,900. There will also be four duplex lots in the neighborhood, which will have slightly smaller homes.

Farther north, lots are available at The Enclave, which is west of 29 1/2, north of F 1/2. Lot prices range from $79,900 to $88,900, and there will be two filings in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is open to other builders or to homeowners who want to bring their own builder.

Arran Estates, a 30-acre site directly north of Walnut Estates between 29 and 29 1/2 Road, is in the final planning stages with the city of Grand Junction. The neighborhood will eventually have 110 homes, although filing one will have just 22. If everything goes as planned and there are no issues with infrastructure construction, construction of the first homes could start in October. Max Sneddon, the primary builder at Walnut Estates, is developing the neighborhood and will build the homes.

In the same area, at G and 29 Road, Ron Abeloe hopes to bring Arabesque subdivision to market within the next few months. When completely built out, the subdivision will have 93 lots, although there are only 22 lots in the first filing.

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