New parish hall expected to serve community

A ceremony celebrated the groundbreaking of a new parish hall at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Junction (Business Times photo by Kelly Sloan)
A ceremony celebrated the groundbreaking of a new parish hall at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Junction (Business Times photo by Kelly Sloan)

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has broken ground on a new parish hall in downtown Grand Junction that’s expected to serve not only the Catholic community, but also the wider community.

“It’s really for the wider community, and that’s why we’re excited about this,” said the Rev. Edmundo Valera, pastor at St. Joseph’s.

The former parish hall, which was torn down last year because of safety concerns, had been used for elections, community meetings and other purposes, Valera said.

About $2.5 million to $2.7 million will be invested in the new parish hall, not counting future internal improvements.

The Blythe Group, a Grand Junction based-architecture firm, designed the new facility. Shaw Construction, a company with offices in Grand Junction, has been hired to oversee the project.

“One thing I emphasized with Shaw is that we would really like to use local subcontractors, and that is what they did,” Valera said.