Open house set to review North Avenue plans

A public open house has been scheduled to offer a public review of a proposed zoning overlay district for the North Avenue corridor in Grand Junction.

The open house is scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at A Taste of Heaven Catering, located at 2817 North Ave.

The proposed zoning overlay district for the North Avenue corridor from First Street east to the Interstate Highway 70 Business Loop follows the adoption in 2007 and 2011 of corridor plans for North Avenue. The overlay district will be used to implement the plans.

The plans call for mixed uses along North Avenue, including retail stores, but also office space and housing. The plans would create districts along various portions of North Avenue to accommodate different uses.

In addition to offering a review of the overlay district, the open house also will offer information  on the construction expected to soon begin on improvements for a section of North Avenue between 12th and 23rd streets. The work will be funded by a nearly $1.2 million grant from the Federal Transportation, Community and System Preservation program.

City officials said they hope the project constitutes only the first phase of improvements along North Avenue.

Information about providing safe access to businesses along busy corridors also will be presented.

Moreover, representatives from the nearly formed North Avenue Owners Association will discuss their organization and their efforts to revitalize the area.