New business park bringing jobs, fun to the Grand Valley

Published: Apr. 7, 2017 at 8:14 PM MDT
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A $30 million business park is coming to Grand Junction.

City council approved the plan last week last, allowing City Manager Greg Caton to start negotiating the land lease of the business and recreation park within the boundaries of Las Colonias.

There will be room for 10 lots east of the existing Las Colonias park, near the new amphitheater.

“I just like coming here because it's a good atmosphere and it’s pretty out here,” said Andrew Krause, an Edgewater Brewery customer. “I’ve noticed a few things about his location, mostly locals come here.”

Edgewater Brewery has stood alone for a while now, and soon it'll have new neighbors, even beyond the amphitheater construction.

“This is just an investment to get things started,” said Mayor Phyllis Norris.

It's an investment in Grand Junction's outdoor recreation industry.

“That is one of our fastest growing industries. These companies are particular in what location they want to be in,” said Kristi Pollard, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

This area will be home to light manufacturing and a lot of fun.

“The type of companies we'll recruit to be in here, for example, is a paddle board company where you could test the paddle board on the Colorado River. They will be businesses with an outdoor focus. We don't have anything like it, and this develops our asset, which is the river,” Pollard said.

The city, GJEP, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, the Business Incubator and a number of other business development agencies are all on board.

“Economic development is a team sport,” Pollard said.

Local zip line company Bonzai will be relocating their headquarters to the new complex. They plan to build a public zip line for training and recreational purposes across the river.

“The more we can advance this industry, the more tourism we know tourism is a big plus in Grand Junction,” said Mayor Norris.

The city has already improved tax incentives for interested businesses.

Mayor Norris said the finish line is about a year and a half away, once the negotiations are final.