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The Garfield County commissioners put the final seal on a deal to permit the developers of the Glenwood Commercial Center, at 2520 S. Grand Ave. (state Highway 82) to convert the entire project to condominiums and sell them.

According to information provided to the county commissioners, the project, located on the east side of the highway at the south end of town, contains four buildings with 99 commercial/warehouse spaces that are to be sold, instead of leased. Although the complex was built as a “use by right,” the developers had to seek county permission to subdivide the parcel.

Approval of the application was given by the county commissioners on Sept. 14, and they also gave formal permission for the approval documents to be signed at Monday’s meeting.

U.S. Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., announced on Monday that $17.5 million in federal funding has been allocated to upgrade the runway at Garfield County Regional Airport.

This funding is in addition to the $13.5 million for the same project announced in May, according to Salazar’s statement.

The airport is currently in the second year of a three-year project that will upgrade the runway safety area to better accommodate jet aircraft.

“This project is important to airport staff and to the county,” said airport director Brian Condie. “We appreciate Congressman Salazar’s continued attention to this project. … With this funding we should be able to complete this project by November 18, 2010.”

Echoing Condie’s praise, Rifle Mayor Keith Lambert said of the grant, “The expansion of our local airport is certainly a benefit to the citizens of the community of Rifle and will lead to greater economic diversity. We’re grateful for any fiscal impact and grateful for the efforts of Representative Salazar.”

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