GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - To better serve a growing community, the City of Grand Junction is taking baby steps toward building a brand-new fire station in the Pear Park area (located east of Grand Junction, south of Clifton and north of D Road).
At last week's council meeting, city staffers were given the green light to apply for a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program. The grant would partially fund Pear Park Fire Station's design and engineering needs.
"The need is based on studies the fire department has done, including response times," City of GJ spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said. "It's one of the areas in need. The patch between the city and Clifton is one of the fastest growing areas of the city. There's been lots of construction over there in the last five to eight years."
Before design and engineering work can take place, however, the city needs to buy a piece of land.
"We have staff looking and they have identified a few locations, but nothing has been zeroed in on quite yet," Rainguet noted. "Once land is purchased, the process of doing the design work for that particular piece of land would be the next step. The design work is in this year's budget."
The Pear Park area "is bounded by 28 road, 32 road, I-70B and the river," Rainguet added.