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February 7, 2013
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LETTER: Riverfront multi-generational vision gone awry

Private property is central to the belief or "promise" U.S. citizens can purchase a patch of the earth. Part of the perceived promise is the compelling "right" for each person or company to buy and access what is purchased.

Ownership and access is not guaranteed. This is reinforced when we look at what our community has accomplished on the river. Private industrial garbage dumps have been replaced over 35 years and $100 million dollars, with a more natural riverbank and community trails. Allowing Brady Trucking to re-industrialize the linchpin property between Las Colonias Park and Colorado state land east of the Brady riverfront is against a long-term, multi-generational vision to boost the overall standard of life in Grand Junction and Mesa County.

Brady is a good and stable employer that provides good jobs. The Grand Junction City Council has, in the past, spent taxpayer money or has given tax breaks to entice relocation of companies. Why is it so difficult to find the money to complete a multi-decade project and spend the money for an appraisal so Brady can sell or trade the land to the City?

Brady Trucking accessing the questionably-zoned land is not a private property issue, or a jobs issue, but the lack of will by the city council to complete the vision that converges the past, with the future, through the preservation of riparian habitat that enhances all our lives.

Brady deserves to be bought out or lands traded instead of waiting for citizens to take the repeated path that voters made abundantly clear in the past that there is no re-industrialization of the riverfront. The Grand Junction City Council did not do their job and the cost to you and I and Brady is inexcusable.

Benita Phillips

Palisade


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The Post Independent Updated Feb 7, 2013 02:35PM Published Feb 7, 2013 02:34PM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.