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.