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Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan

It’s an exciting time to live in Grand Junction. Already, the landscape around the city has begun to change—and at Western Constructors, we’re proud to say that we’ve been a big part of that change. Our work at the Las Colonias Business Park, in the Dos Rios area, and our projects at Redlands Mesa have all helped make Grand Junction a better place to live (for news and information about our current projects, check out the rest of our articles on our blog here). But even more exciting things are coming to the city: if you haven’t already heard, the city has started developing a Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan that will act as a roadmap for the future. But the best part about this is that they’re looking for feedback from the community—that means that you could have a hand in the future of Grand Junction.

Changes in Grand Junction

One of the main goals of our blog is to bring you hope for a better Grand Junction—we want you to be just excited about the future of our beautiful city as we are. Grand Junction has had a history of ups and downs, but our work in the city has helped turn it into a place where people are excited to live and work. We’ve already seen people moving in from California, Texas, and all over the Front Range to participate in new opportunities and for Grand Junction’s incredible access to the outdoors. We’re dedicated to continuing that process—we want to make Grand Junction a city that all of us can be proud of. That’s why we wanted to inform you about the Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan; your input is incredibly valuable, and we want to make sure that your voice is heard.

The plan will include new zoning in the city, new construction, and many new changes throughout Grand Junction. It aims to take a look at services that the community would like to see (such as parks, roads, and fire stations) as well as new plans for residential and commercial growth. The planning process started in February of this year and is still ongoing—the city estimated that it would take about 18 months to complete, which means that it should be done by August of 2020. You can find even more information about the plan on the city website here. It’s important to the city that the final vision for the plan is a community vision, one that everyone works together to create. That’s why they’re encouraging everyone to share news about the plan with friends and colleagues in Grand Junction—they want the news to spread far and wide.

How You Can Help

One of the ways in which Grand Junction has opened its ears to residents is through its interactive map. Anyone who lives in the area can give the city feedback on what they’d like to see change in the future of Grand Junction by going onto the interactive map and highlighting areas they’d like to see fixed. You can find a link to the Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan interactive map here. The map has several tools for you to share your opinion about upcoming changes you’d like to see. For example, there are different markers you can place on the map for areas that you think are community assets that you want to see maintained or areas that you think are public safety concerns. Already, more than thirty maps have been created by residents, and the interactive map also allows other residents to review those maps and make comments.

Additionally, the city has provided two different online surveys that you can take to put your ideas out there. They have separate surveys for residents of Grand Junction and for business owners in the city—they’re looking to get as much information as they can from as many people as possible so that they can truly change the city for the better. When more people speak up and have their voices heard, the city continues to grow. The community survey asks questions about everything from how long you’ve lived in Grand Junction to what kind of residential developments you’d like to see in the future. And even though the questions have many options to choose from, you can provide more detailed feedback if you’d like; almost every question has an attached text box where you can answer the question without being restricted to a multiple-choice format.

One Grand Junction

Overall, the theme of the plan is “One Grand Junction,” and we couldn’t agree more with their goal. Our city has a beautiful community, and we want to do everything we can to continue to improve it. At Western Constructors, we’ve always made improving Grand Junction our top priority. We’ve been striving to achieve our vision for the city, and we think that the Comprehensive Plan will help us make it a reality. Every insight you can provide the city about the future of Grand Junction, no matter how small, works toward improving our community. If you’d like to learn even more about the Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan, be sure to check out this article by The Daily Sentinel.

By participating in the Grand Junction 2020 Comprehensive Plan, we hope that you can help make the city a better place. With more input and feedback from residents and businesses about how they’d like to see the city change, we’re confident that the city will make great decisions for construction companies like ours that will allow us to continue serving the Grand Junction community. Just as we’ve helped improve specific areas around the city (take a look at our articles about developments in the Dos Rios and Redlands Mesa areas, for example), we hope that Grand Junction’s 2020 Comprehensive plan will continue to change Grand Junction into a place where people are excited to live. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the city, and we hope that you take the time to be a part of the coming change.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Western Constructors Is Family-Owned

Many people know Bruce Milyard. He’s ran Western Constructors since 1974. For a long time, in fact (and even some to this day), Western Constructors was simply known as “Bruce’s company.” There’s a rich legacy when a person who’ve lived in an area for their entire lives has also helped build that area from the ground up. You can see projects of Bruce’s and Western Constructors all over Grand Junction and the Grand Valley. Western Constructors is family-owned and though we perform work all over the United States, we’re deeply committed to the Western Slope of Colorado. So, of course people know Bruce’s name.

Western Constructors also used to be known as “Constructors West.” Like many of the companies growing/ developing in Grand Junction today, we started small. There are many similarities, in fact, between Western Constructors’ origin and companies like Bonsai Design and Rocky Mounts, who’s new corporate headquarters we’re currently building (as of the time of this writing) at Las Colonias. We began our business to help people and to make a difference in the community we love. Bruce raised his family in Grand Junction, and while raising them, brought together a talented group of people to also raise up the city in which they all lived. It’s amazing to look back at some of the things Bruce and Western Constructors have accomplished over the last 47 years.

Some Of Our Residential And Commercial Construction Projects

If you’re unaware of the types of construction Western Constructors has performed in the Grand Valley and across the country, here’s a short list of companies for whom we’ve built, and links to some of our commercial and residential projects. If you click on any of the links you’ll be able to actually see some of our legacy projects.

U.S. Bank: 10,000 sf building in Fruita, CO. This building is right along I-70.

Major Mortgage/ Keller Williams Building: 23,000 sf building in Grand Junction, CO.

Timberline Bank: 18,000 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Café Rio: 2,500 sf building in Grand Junction, CO. One of Grand Junction’s more popular places to eat, on Patterson Rd.

Panchero’s Mexican Grill: 6,000 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Rib City: 2,800 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Allen Unique Auto: building in Grand Junction, CO.

BOS Solutions: building in Grand Junction, CO.

Williston Multi-Family Homes: apartment complexes in Williston, ND.

Remax 4000: tenant improvements in Grand Junction, CO.

Sports Authority: retail space in Montrose, CO.

The Egg & I: building in Grand Junction, CO.

Game Stop: building in Montrose, CO.

Petco: building in Montrose, CO.

Radioshack: building in Montrose, CO. The whole Montrose, CO complex that we built is now the largest combined retail area in the city.

Our many residential projects: placed across the United States.

Our Legacy Is That We Build Relationships

We’ve been successful over time because of the great relationships we’ve built. Whenever we work with a new partner or company, we give them the very best treatment that a person could ask for. We exceed our clients’ goals because we recognize that every project is different, and every person has unique ideas and needs. Our detailed attention to our clients’ projects saves time and money for everyone involved. We’re always asking ourselves and our clients: “is there a better way?” It’s never worth it to go for good: you have to go for great. When you work with us, you’re part of our family. And family gets only the best.

Today, Western Constructors is so much more than one person, and it’s becoming so much more than just commercial and residential construction. Bruce’s children have joined him in his legacy business, and they in turn have brought many others with them to grow the company. Western Constructors has, and will continue to perform projects all over the United States as our company continues to grow, but we’re especially excited about what’s happening now in Grand Junction, CO.

And we’re especially excited about providing more opportunities for those around us as we continue Bruce’s legacy. One of the advantages of Western Constructors developing to be more than just its owner is that we have so many more people now on our team. We’ve become so much bigger than just one person.

We’re Working To Improve Grand Junction

If you’ve read our latest blogs, you seen the changes taking place in Grand Junction right now. Our construction projects at Cornersquare, in the Redlands, at Dos Rios, and especially Las Colonias are helping to shape the future of our wonderful city. They’re stretches that were formerly known as “a blighted area” because of trash buildup, unsafe environmental problems, and abandoned buildings. Now, as mentioned on the Colorado Public Radio, many residents of Grand Junction believe that the Las Colonias/ Dos Rios improvements will do for Grand Junction what the Lower Downtown (LoDo) redevelopment did for Denver.

It will be wonderful for all of us to see more tenants move in to the Las Colonias business park and the revitalization that success produces for the rest of Grand Junction.

As the legacy of Western Constructors continues, one of our main goals is to help Grand Junction no longer be a boom-and-bust town. Of course, no single company can single-handedly fix a problem like that. So, our contribution to the goal is our “string of pearls” – a series of residential and especially commercial projects that provide excellent building space and residential homes to people living in and moving to Grand Junction. We also want to entice/ keep more large, national-size companies that fit into the Grand Junction lifestyle, to set up long-term or permanent headquarters in Grand Junction – companies like Bonsai Design and Rocky Mounts.

Staying “Grand Junction” But Moving Into The Future

We still have a certain type of company we want here. We’re dedicated to still staying “Grand Junction,” but we want to improve what we already have by getting rid of that boom-and-bust cycle that Grand Junction’s known for. The only way we’ll do that as a community at this point is by bringing in more high-quality, large-scale companies.

One of the biggest advantages to working with Western Constructors for any person looking to build a new home or commercial space is that they’re getting expert advice and construction services from an entire family who’s made Grand Junction their home. We know the Grand Valley and the people in it. We have an entire team dedicated to your projects. Because when you’re building with us, your project is our project. And we want every location we build to be as incredible as possible.


*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

String Of Pearls Project One Is Las Colonias

In our last blog article we wrote about Grand Junction’s string of pearls – a phrase coined by leaders in the community from the 1980’s. To make Grand Junction healthier, safer, and more desirable, they built what is today the riverfront parkway and a series of parks (“pearls”) along the path. When they completed that project it completely revitalized the Southern portion of town. Western Constructors is also creating a string of pearls as our contribution to Grand Junction and all Western Colorado. We think it’s fitting that our “string of pearls project one is” Las Colonias, the same area made famous by Grand Junction’s previous environmental and natural cleanup. It’s a legacy project built on our forebearers, that will hopefully be built upon further by those to come.

The History of Las Colonias Park: Historic Crossroads Along the Riverfront Of Grand Junction, CO

There’s a wonderful historical article written by two CMU students, called “The History of Las Colonias Park: Historic Crossroads Along the Riverfront Of Grand Junction, CO” some years ago. If you click this link it will take you to the students’ extended essay. If you are interested in the history of Grand Junction, it’s a quick read, and well worth your time. Two of the main items addressed in the essay have to do with past industry in Las Colonias, which is important because of a lot of the new construction happening in Grand Junction today is located there. In some ways it’s also a sample for the entire city. It’s a metaphor for our history, present, and future.

Las Colonias used to be the broken home to a failed beet sugar factory and uranium mill. Those industries came and went as demand for the products created short-lived crazes. Both industries were abandoned as the crazes died down, and the area of Las Colonias was left a literal trash heap. Then, years later, it got cleaned up by a few progressive leaders in the area who wanted to create a “string of pearls” along the riverbank. Now, Las Colonias is the soon-to-be-home to one of Grand Junction’s brightest areas.

Similarly, Grand Junction used to be a town of failing industries and poor upkeep. We’re currently in the process of beautifying the town, filling empty commercial and retail space, and removing/ reconstructing over abandoned homes. It’s a transition phase, for sure, but when Western Constructors finishes our latest projects – where Grand Junction is going – is going to be incredible.

Las Colonias Business Park

In our future blog posts we’ll talk about each individual project Western Constructors is currently working on, and what we have planned for the future. For now, we want to give you a clear picture of what’s happening at Las Colonias and what that will mean for all Grand Junction. This is the first of Western Constructor’s string of pearls, so we’ll continue to keep you updated on everything that’s happening as the project progresses from here.

Bonsai Desing And Rocky Mounts

If you want to see information on Las Colonias and how its developing from the city’s perspective, click here. Their website on Las Colonias is highly informative on not only the land and business development aspects of this project, but from the natural and preservations sides as well.

This website talks about the development details for Las Colonias’ business park, which is where Western Constructors is building. We are currently constructing the new corporate headquarters for Bonsai Design who have built an excellent business all across the country designing, installing, operating, training people to use, and maintaining obstacle courses, ziplines, and similar structures. Bonsai started in a basement in Grand Junction, in 2004. Their new facility will house roughly 50 employees. Bonsai, along with Rocky Mounts will be the area’s “anchoring” tenants.

Rocky Mounts is another company that was founded in Colorado, back in 1993. They sell security, car racks, and replacement parts for bikes. They also have car racks available specifically for skiing, snowboarding, and general cargo. Rocky Mounts has been in Boulder, CO since their inception, but they’re now making Grand Junction home.

The fact that both Bonsai and Rocky Mounts are committing to Grand Junction for the long-term is proof that our city is making marked progress in many areas. It also proves that we as Grand Junction residents don’t have to lose or forget who we are in Western Colorado in order to improve our economy or desirability. Both large anchoring companies are outdoors-based. Both companies are perfect compliments to who and what Grand Junction is all about, and has been all along.

Revitalizing Our Downtown

Western Constructors is just now breaking ground at Las Colonias on Bonsai Design’s new headquarters, perfectly adjacent to Grand Junction’s newly-built butterfly lake. There are currently nine other tenant spaces available in the business park that are expected to fill up soon. Once the business park is complete it will represent a major pillar in Grand Junction for economic stability and the very best of Western Colorado’s lifestyle. Western Constructors is also currently finishing upscale townhomes just West of the Las Colonias park. Plus, Edgewater Brewery and the Las Colonias Amphitheater reside between the two sections.

Then, there’s Main Street. Five days ago (as of the writing of this article), Downtown Grand Junction was named “One of the Most Charming Downtowns in America” by TripAdvisor. You can read all about it here on downtown Grand Junction’s web page. The city of Grand Junction has done terrific work in recent years to revitalize our downtown area, and many Grand Junction residents have enjoyed the efforts. Our downtown looks great, has an oldtown feel that’s modernized, and is great for local businesses. We’re getting national recognition for the progress we’re making.

Our hope at Western Constructors is that everything in between Main Street and Riverside (as the Las Colonias and Dos Rios projects finish), will begin to clean up and look better as well. There are many areas of town in Grand Junction that are mixed between residential and industrial. Between Main Street and Riverside is one of those awkward areas. But, as Riverside fills in with new large-scale businesses and Western Constructor’s townhomes finish, it too can form an anchor to the South side of Grand Junction for other developers to come in and revitalize the area as well.

Together, we’re working with the city, local businesses, realtors, homeowners, and everyone who loves Grand Junction to make our city the very best place to live for us all. We’re making a town that’s not just known for getting outdoors. We’re building a Grand Junction future that’s also known for the city itself – a perfect compliment to the outdoor aspects we all love.


*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Western Constructors Builds A String Of Pearls in Grand Junction

Western Constructors has been building up Grand Junction since 1974. A lot of people know us as “Bruce’s company,” but we’ve become so much more in recent years. We’ve become a community in ourselves. Between the many great people who work in the office, helping clients with the design-build process, to the subcontractors, parts suppliers, and finally, home- and property-buyers… All of these people, including you, are part of the Western Constructors legacy. We have a lot to share with you – it’s part of why we started a blog. But if you want the short-and-sweet summary of this post, it’s in the headline: Western Constructors builds a string of pearls in Grand Junction.

General Contractors In Grand Junction, CO

We’ve built homes and commercial spaces all over the country. For a while, most of our projects were elsewhere. Grand Junction’s gone through some hard economic times in the past decade, and it’s made construction in the Grand Valley difficult. The oilfield hasn’t been stable on the Western Slope for a long time (if it ever truly was). We haven’t had a ton of industry here. People live here because they love the wonderful natural playground we live in and live near, but it can sometimes be difficult to look at Grand Junction in an entirely positive light, economically- and quality-wise.

When 2008 hit, a lot of home-builders had to pull out of the region. There just wasn’t a lot of work in the Grand Valley, and what work there was could only be priced out of reach for most families. We kept living in Grand Junction and running our business here, but we performed work elsewhere. Grand Junction’s an incredible place to live, and we never wanted to leave just because of hard financial times. We’ve been waiting for the time when we could begin building homes and commercial properties in Grand Junction once again. And we’re happy to announce that time is now.

Moving Grand Junction Into The Future

We’re very excited about the projects we’re undertaking. Basically, we want Grand Junction to be more than just a launching ground to the outdoors. We want it to be an incredible place to live and do business, in itself.

People love Grand Junction and its surrounding regions, and we never want the Grand Valley to become like Denver or other Front Range cities. But, we do want to modernize Grand Junction wither newer construction. We want to revitalize the parts of town that are currently run-down or abandoned. We want to create more opportunities for business, give our kids and grandkids more things to do in and around town, and make Grand Junction the type of place that people want to visit. We definitely don’t want to be what John Madden called us back in the 1950’s: “Grand Junkyard.”

We’re working to give people who live here hope that they’ve living in the best place there is for anyone to live, anywhere. We’re also working to give hope to people who live here that things are going to get better. Business is getting better. The economy’s getting better. The quality of Grand Junction is getting better. Life’s getting better.

Making The Best Of What We’ve Got

Grand Junction has so much potential to become more than just a centralized location for amazing outdoors activity. Grand Junction is, and always has been a launching pad to hundreds of outdoor locations, all within an hour or two. Growing our town won’t change that. Having more people in the Grand Valley won’t change that. For the rest of all our lifetimes we will have everything outdoors we already have.

What we’re after is growing Grand Junction so more people can enjoy what we now have. With the economy improving and more businesses moving to Grand Junction, it’s time to make Grand Junction a hub for others to move to and visit as well. It’s time to make Grand Junction a highly-desired place to live – and not just for its outdoors activities. It’s time to make the city itself highly-desirable.

String Of Pearls

Western Constructors now has many construction projects underway within the city which will help us achieve the vision we and many others have. We have a commercial project at Cornersquare, a residential project in the Redlands, and two mixed residential/ commercial projects along what is known in the Grand Valley as the “string of pearls”: in this case, Las Colonias and the nearby Dos Rios.

The “string of pearls” metaphor was originally used to describe a vision from 1987 where leaders in Grand Junction met in the basement of the Daily Sentinel building. The vision was to create what is now known as the riverfront trail system, along which would be a string of parks (“pearls”) on the water’s edge. More than that, the riverfront trail and parks concept were to replace and clean up Las Colonias, which had formerly been the site of various failed industrial projects.

The History Of Las Colonias

Hardly anyone today knows that the Las Colonias park, where Edgewater resides, where Western Constructor’s new townhomes are being built, just South of downtown Grand Junction between 5th and 12th, used to be the location for a beet sugar plant, and later, a uranium mill. They were two separate industries that came to Grand Junction and ultimately failed, for various reasons. In both cases, however, the economic fallout of losing the industries for the town was terrible.

It’s been a long time since all of that took place. Our economy’s recover, leftover material from the mill was remediated long ago by both the state and national government. Today, the area’s been cleaned up nicely. But back in the 1980’s when the riverfront trail and it’s string of pearls were still just a dream, Las Colonias was a trash heap. The whole Southern portion of town, right along the river, was unsightly. Everyone who goes to Las Colonias today has Grand Junction’s former leaders to thank for the cleanup they spearheaded, and for changing the way people at that time saw Grand Junction.

For those of us who have been around long enough, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the massive, massive improvements to the town that have taken place over the past 20-30 years. People from other parts of Colorado or across the country may still have bad stigmas about Grand Junction, or may just still not realize how amazing this town is. But they will. And it’s for the best. After all, we all want more improvement projects in the place we live and love, like the string of pearls, that we can all enjoy.

Our Contribution To Grand Junction

Western Constructors’ contribution to Grand Junction is also its own string of pearls. It’s our contribution to Grand Junction that we hope will have the same long-lasting and meaningful impact as the original string of pearls.

We’re committed to doing everything in our power, in our own industry, to help move Grand Junction along to better days. Cornersquare, the Redlands, Las Colonias, and Dos Rios are only the beginning. You will especially begin to see our mark on the South end of town in coming years, as the Las Colonias business park (more on that in future blog posts) comes to fruition. We can’t wait to share with you more about how these projects we’re working on will help revitalize entire sections of Grand Junction for the better, all within the next short few years.


*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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