GJ City Council Approves Mesa State Expansion Plan

Enrollment at Mesa State College is growing every year. Currently, more than 6,100 students attend the school. Following late–night approval from the Grand Junction City Council Wednesday night, an expansion plan that was first discussed in the 1970's is about to become a reality.

The expansion will mean more parking and more housing for students. Several streets, including Mesa, Bunting and Elm Avenue, which surround mesa state, will be torn up and turned into open areas. Some of them will have new buildings on them.

The project has met with some resistance from neighbors, who feel it will be difficult for emergency workers to access Elm Street. However, the college has met with Grand Junction officials and neighbors over the past year to figure out the best way to build, with the least amount of problems.

The college adds with the exception of Elm Avenue, which will be closed to traffic and turned into a pedestrian walkway, all other streets will remain open for public use.

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