Developers and Grand Junction city officials are looking inward for economic opportunities downtown.
Organizations like the Downtown Development Authority see the vacant buildings and empty lots that pepper the area as necessities to creating a vibrant downtown and are focusing efforts on that.
“Right now, these areas are vacant and they’re not contributing anything positive economically or socially,” said Brandon Stam, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “Look at the old City Market. That’s one of your entrances to downtown and it’s just an empty building. That attracts unwanted activity like vandalism. It doesn’t benefit anyone.”
In 2015, the DDA published a study that argued that improving housing options downtown would make it…