Meeting planned to review proposed Horizon Drive changes

A meeting has been scheduled to review proposed changes to a thoroughfare through one of the busiest business areas in Grand Junction.

The meeting will offer business owners and the public an opportunity to look over and comment on design concepts for a revamped Horizon Drive corridor between G and H roads as well as proposed changes to improve traffic flow, safety and aesthetics.

The Horizon Drive Business Improvement District has scheduled the meeting for 4 to 6 p.m. April 19 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive.

A second meeting is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 23 at a location to be determined. Improved traffic flow as well as improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety along Horizon Drive were among the suggestions to come out of a study conducted last year for the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District.

A majority of firms surveyed for the study said the overall appearance of the Horizon Drive district has the greatest effect on business there.

Formed in 2004, the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District is comprised of and represents commercial property owners in an area along Horizon Drive between G and H roads. A seven-member committee appointed by the Grand Junction City Council oversees capital improvements and planning for the area and represents property owners and businesses within the district.

With nearly 280 businesses and a total of more than 2,600 employees, the district generates an estimated $300 million in direct, indirect and induced economic value to Mesa County, the study concluded. The district includes more than 70 percent of lodging space in Grand Junction and more than 25 percent office space in the city.

With its proximity to Interstate Highway 70 and the Grand Junction Regional Airport, the Horizon Drive Business District serves as a gateway to Grand Junction. More than 20,000 vehicles travel through the district each day and 200,000 airport passengers pass through the district each year, the study found.