Grand Junction Reveals Revitalization Plans for North Avenue
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The city of Grand Junction is taking its first steps into revitalizing the North Avenue corridor.
The city showcased the million dollar project Wednesday night at an Open House event at Stocker Stadium.
The proposed revitalization plans to create new 8 foot wide sidewalks, more street lights for pedestrians and cars, added bike lanes, and more beautiful landscaping.
The meeting featured a full length concept design of the proposed changes.
Reports by the North Avenue Owner’s Association say there are an estimated 800 businesses along the corridor, and the street is the third largest sales tax contributor in the city.
“We can make our fronts look nice, we could make our businesses look nice, but if they can't get to it, or safely get to the businesses, then the people won't come,” said President of the Owner’s Association Poppy Woody.
The revitalization project will be funded with a $1.2-million grant awarded to the city from the Federal Highway Association.
City officials are excited that this could bring economic benefits to the avenue. “We think that this will be the catalyst to see the revitalization of the entire North Avenue corridor,” said an Economic Development and Sustainability official for the City of Grand Junction.
The grant covers construction from 12th Street to 23rd Street, but the city wants to completely expand the project from 1st Street to 29 Road.
Colorado Department of Transportation will oversee the project to make sure all policies and regulations are followed on such a high traffic road.
The city government’s plans for North Avenue are just in the beginning stages, and locals won't see construction until 2015.