Palisade to Build Town Plaza

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Right now it's a small parking lot on the east side of Family Food Town.
"The idea came about what can we do to beautify and make downtown Palisade a more pleasant place," says Frank Watt with Palisade Public Works.

The original concept was to build something between downtown Palisade and the railroad to reduce the sound of the trains that roll through town. Watt says, showing us the plans to the plaza, "There you can see the wall here we have create that will act as a sound buffer to the railroad."
Even though the city thought the plans were sound, Family Food Town owner Kelly Myers had a different opinion. "I thought it was going to put me out of business."

The proposed site of the plaza sits directly on Family Food Towns only parking lot, so the city built him a $310,000 new one, but that means he now has to move his entrance. "My main concern," says Myers, is " how much money it's going to cost me to do this remodel."
But as things start coming together Myers thinks the idea will be a good one. "I think it might actually work out pretty good." Other business owners in the area agree.

Jane Wood, co-owner of the Blue Pig Gallery is excited about the city's plans. "The plaza I think is a great idea. All over the world people gather in plazas in the center of town like the living room."
The plaza will have colored concrete with trees representing the orchards surrounding the outsides. The city also plans to put benches and a two tiered wall for people to sit on. They also hope to one day play movies or even host concerts at the plaza.

To help decorate the town plaza Wood even fished around to raise money to purchase "Harley," a sculpture made entirely from used Harley Davidson exhaust pipes, to place in the plaza.
Wood says Harley will act a centerpiece for the town, "The chrome buffalo kinda represents downtown Grand Junction I think Harley is going to be one of our little jewels, our crown jewel."

The city says this little lot on third and Main should be completely transformed by April of next year.


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