New businesses continue 24 Road corridor expansion

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. New businesses are bringing more variety to the 24 Road corridor, all part of a plan to make it an epicenter for life in Grand Junction.

County planners call the 24 Road corridor a village center, or a one-stop-shop for running errands, eating and more.

"The big picture for the next 25 years is that'll continue to be a center of development as it has been for the past 30 years or so. but even more robust than it has been," said Keith Fife, long-range planning director for Mesa County.

Among the newest businesses is JP Dental and Implant Center adding healthcare to the list of offerings in the area plus the only in-house lab of its kind on the Western Slope.

"The patients coming in are very pleased about the convenience," said Dr. John Poovey. "They can run errands if they need to either before or after appointments."

A new hotel is in the process of being built and there even more ideas for expansion in the future.

"Not only commercial development, but higher density residential and all kinds of services," "Something that can be as the name says a village center where you can get all your basic needs."

The 24 Road corridor is one of the largest employment ares in the Grand Valley already, so building housing in the area would allow people to live closer to where they work.

County planners said it's also more cost effective to continue development in places that already have existing infrastructure.

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