There is a flurry of activity in the north area, with several new residential areas coming into the market, as well as new commercial projects. Improved infrastructure and public spaces, along with improved safety and services for residents and visitors have all combined to give those who live and work in the north area and excitement about the location.
"I'm getting a lot of feedback on the crosswalks (on Horizon Drive)," said Vara Kusal with the Horizon Drive Business District. "People are happy they're there."
Ridership on The Dash, the free bus service that takes those on Horizon Drive to downtown Grand Junction and Colorado Mesa University from 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is up, and the partners behind the bus service are looking to expand it to Las Colonias park to improve connectivity.
Adrenaline Driven Adventure, a Polaris Adventure Hub, opened about two months ago at 750 1/4 Horizon Dr., offering a variety of off-road rental options, as well as guided tours to some of the more popular off-road areas. The owners, Lewis and Kelly Baker, are locals who are knowledgeable about the trails, and the company is permitted for riding in the north desert area close to town, as well as the Uncompahgre and Grand Mesa.
"I've been riding around here since I was six years old," said Lewis, who added that his company can offer five different terrain experiences that are all within 45 minutes of Grand Junction.
The signature experience is the closest, although it may also be the one most over-looked by those who've never tried it.
"The north desert gives a roller-coaster experience," Lewis said. "It's one of the most phenomenal experiences; that's our adrenaline-driven experience."
In addition to being a life-long dirt bike and off-road enthusiast, Lewis had previous experience in the construction business, but decided to pursue his true passion in hopes of adding to the recreation reputation Grand Junction is developing.
New housing in the north area continues to be a strong driver, with two existing residential developments, Summerhill, which is off 26 1/2, north of I Road, and Copper Creek North II, off 25 Road, south of G Road, expanding with additional filings. At Summerhill, there are just 16 lots remaining in the second-to-last phase of construction, and there are currently three spec and four pre-sold homes under construction. Infrastructure isn't built yet for the final phase of construction in the neighborhood, which has been slowly built out since it was first introduced more than a dozen years ago.
Copper Creek Builders, the developer and builder of all Copper Creek housing projects, is building the final home at Copper Creek North, but has received approval to begin infrastructure for Copper Creek North II, an adjacent neighborhood that will be built in two filings of 21 lots each.
"Four lots are already reserved in the neighborhood," said Chris Colman, owner of Copper Creek Builders.
Infrastructure construction is ongoing at Aspen Valley Estates, which is north of G Road between Caleb Street and 25 1/2 Road. There will be 55 lots in the neighborhood, which sits within the Persigo Boundary and will have sewer connectivity. All of the lots, which are between 7,000 and 8,500 square feet, are priced at $99,900, and 38 are already reserved. Most of the lots have been reserved by multiple builders, who will be doing spec and custom homes in the neighborhood. Carter Homes, Griffin Concepts and Dahl Homes have all taken multiple lots in the neighborhood, which is being marketed by Linda Kramer with RE/MAX 4000.
Further north, Quail Meadows is offering buyers a chance to buy a larger lot for a custom home. Quail Meadows, which has just 14 total lots, is north of I Road and slightly west of 26 Road, sitting outside of the Persigo boundary, so the larger, one-acre lots will accommodate homes on septic systems. John Duffy with Bray Real Estate is marketing the lots, which are priced at $160,000.
Infrastructure construction has also started at Emerald Ridge Estates, where the first filing will include 98 single family home lots. The neighborhood, which used to be known as Weminuche, is off 26 1/2 Road, south of H 3/4 Road.
There are several commercial projects in early stages in the north area, including a second home for Beehive Homes, a small, home-like assisted living facility near 24 and H Roads. The second building will be exactly like the first Beehive Homes structure, which is right next door and has a total of 15 units.
Merritt Sixbey with Merritt & Associates recently got a rezone approval from the city of Grand Junction for two in-fill lots he purchased on Patterson Ave.
"I'm looking at putting office buildings on the property," Sixbey said. First, however, the existing, older home has to be demolished. The site could also be used for apartments, or a combination of one apartment building and one office building.
The city recently got an application for another commercial project near Mesa Mall, Village Center, which includes a total of three office buildings. The project is in very early stages, so it could easily change at this point.