Fruita Leaders Set Aside Funds for Mesa Street Improvements
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- Fruita city officials gathered Tuesday evening to discuss the city's proposed budget for 2014.
Over $3.4 million set aside for capital improvement projects, which range from a number of building improvements to road construction projects.
Perhaps the most notable project discussed was the renovation of Mesa Street between Highway 50 and 6 and Downtown Fruita.
The hope is to create an attractive entrance into the city that is currently lacking when entering from Highway 50 and 6.
The estimated cost of the project is $240,000, but this estimate does not include improvements that would reach all the way towards the highway.
In anticipation for added costs to improve the infrastructure of the entire corridor, the city set aside $170,000 in their 2014 budget for the project.
The city is hopeful the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will match that funding through a grant.
The deadline to apply for the grant is December 1st.
Once the city learns if they receive the grant funding, Fruita City Council will make the final decision on whether the project will move forward.
The city has conducted a number of evaluations on improvement projects in the downtown area, including a $540,000 renovation of Civic Center Memorial Park, a $710,000 renovation of Aspen Avenue, and a $2.6 million renovation of the Town Square.
All of those projects were considered, but it was decided the Mesa Street was the most viable option in 2014.