Cross orchards makes move to put eight acres of property up for sale

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- What is now part of Cross Orchards property may soon become a housing development.

“The feedback we got from everyone around us is that they would rather not see it subdivided also,” says resident of the neighborhood, Nick Campbell.

Neighbors that have property backing up to the land say they were caught off guard.

“It was one of the main reasons that I bought the property; the privacy and the quiet,” says another neighbor, Steve Jones.

Cross Orchards wants to sell eight of their own acres to be developed for residential purposes. Neighbors were notified of the plans about a month ago.

“The second notice seemed to be more imminent that the land was going to be sold fairly quickly, possibly even this fall, and the development could happen relatively soon,” says Jones.

Some neighbors say they are disappointed about what may come.

“More traffic, busier schools, busier stores,” says Campbell.

Neighbors say they have been in contact with both Cross Orchards and the county.

“When I bought the property here, in 2006, I was given the impression that the land could never be developed,” says Jones.
“It is something that was said… I took it with a grain of salt,” says Campbell.

But in the meantime, are looking for some answers and solutions.

“If there’ something we and the neighborhood could do to help the revenue stream: be it advertising, events, suggestions, anything like that, we’d be up for that also,”says Campbell.

Cross Orchards says that the museum and the farm itself are not going anywhere: it will not be touched. They say this potential development just pertains to the eight acres of land that has not been developed.

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