GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Phase One of Downtown Grand Junction's Uplift project starts Monday.
Main Street is about to get really chaotic.
"It's challenging when your guests are trying to find your establishment and there's a detour," says Kevin Reimer, owner of Hawthorn Suites.
Because not only is Downtown getting a face lift, but Hawthorn Suites is also embarking on their own project.
"We hope to break ground next spring on a Marriott Spring Hill Suites right across the street from our Hawthorn Suites at the corner of 3rd and Main," says Reimer.
But Reimer assures it will be worth it. "I think that's a small price to pay for the long term, having Main Street brought up-to-date and refurbished," he says.
Phase One of construction will start Monday, Jan. 4 on Main Street from 1st to 4th Streets. And if you've taken a stroll Downtown recently, you might have noticed some minor construction has already begun.
"As you can see we've already had some trees removed," says Kathy Dirks, marketing director for the Downtown Partnership.
In addition to the 18 unhealthy trees that were cut down, a number of statues have been put into storage. And there are more changes in the works. "Lighting needs to be replaced. Landscaping needs to be improved," says Dirks.
Phase One is scheduled for completion June 9, 2010. And Phase Two, which includes the 400, 500 and 600 blocks, will start in January 2011 and end June of 2011.
Dirks says this is a positive improvement for Grand Junction. "I think it will really be an investment in the future of Downtown. It will really ensure the vitality and the health of our Downtown area," she says.
Dirks says business owners are excited about the changes, but also a bit nervous about losing business. "They want to assure everyone that they are still open for business and there is sidewalk access," she says.
For Reimer, he's 100 percent for change and says if business is lost now, it won't be that case in the near future. "I think now is the time to update and continue to have Downtown be a major tourism draw for Grand Junction," he says.