For more than 70 years, the southwest corner of Patterson Rd. and 1st St. has been mainly wide-open grazing land, but Wednesday night, the Grand Junction City Council approved a preliminary plan that looks to develop the site.
In a public hearing that lasted nearly four hours, city council members unanimously voted in favor of a plan which would turn the 20 acres into a mixture of commercial and retail sites.
The site will exclude such retail stores as liquor stores and fast food restaurants, but would not rule out other businesses like a pharmacy or dry cleaners.
With the plan in motion, some council members say the development would be a welcome addition to the city.
Although the plan is still very much preliminary, there was opposition, especially from residents in neighborhoods surrounding 1st St., who say the development would drastically increase traffic in an area that's relatively quiet.