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Historic Water Treatment Plant
The City of Grand Junction is looking for community input on the future use of the Historic Water Treatment Plant Building.
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The City is applying for a $150,000 grant from the State Historical Fund (SHF) to help fund the $200,000 project to restore the Orchard Mesa Water Treatment Plant, the Grand Valley’s first water treatment plant built in 1939. In support of the new grant application and to help guide the architectural design, the City will be seeking input from the community about the reuse of the historic water treatment plant. Meetings are planned this month for Spyglass Ridge residents and one for the general public will be held on July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Business Incubator Center at 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503.

In 2019, the City listed this building and associated structures on its Register of Historic Sites, Structures and Districts with the intent to preserve the building for future generations. 

Following the listing of the Orchard Mesa Water Treatment Plan on the historic register, the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) awarded a $15,000 grant to the City to complete a Historic Structure Assessment.  The assessment established the condition of the structure and what steps need to be taken to preserve it. The 2019 Historic Structure Assessment created a Preservation Plan and laid out a logical and sequential phasing plan for adaptive reuse of the building. Three phases of rehabilitation work plus a final phase to change the occupancy of the building were proposed in the Historic Structure Assessment along with costs to perform each phase of the project. 

The City began community outreach in 2020 by meeting key community members interested in the City’s historic preservation efforts. Participants included representatives from the Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board, Colorado Mesa University, Museums of Western Colorado, Eureka, CSU Extension.  Participants provided letters of support for Phase I of the Preservation Plan. 

The City is now reaching out to the general public to get input on the project.  The City would like to engage the general public in determining the proposed reuse of the structure and create a road map for the next steps of this project. Specific concepts for input include:

  •  Proposed reuse of the building as a water museum and education center
  •  Potential uses of the outdoor spaces immediately adjacent to the building structure
  • Access roads and pedestrian paths to the facility

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Thu, Jul 28, 2022
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Judy A Fountain
∙ Aug 4, 2022 ∙ 10:02am
Cleaning up the area, the grounds and painting the current water tower would indeed improve the current eyesore that exists today. However, I do not see any appeal to preserving the area as a museum or historical site, for public visitation. We are NOT in favor and would NOT VOTE for such restorative changes that include any access involving the Spyglass Community, trails and private property. Increased traffic, no parking, additional noise and foot traffic all increase the opportunity for burglary, trash/litter cleanup, homeless camp invitations, fire danger, and teenage parking for city light viewing. All of these concerns are huge community nuisance and safety concerns. Improvements made to change the esthetic appeal of the area are fine, but DO NOT include access through any of the Spyglass Subdivision roads, trails or private park accesses.
Kathy Klements
∙ Jul 27, 2022 ∙ 3:25pm
I would vote against using access through Spyglass Subdivision from our roads or private trails . I have seen and heard about too many nightmares once you give permission to trail access that is our private trails and we have paid for these as homeowners of SpyGlass. We also see a lot of trash looking down on the access to the river viewing from our trails abandoned items from the homeless and would not appreciate this happening to our beautiful well taken care of community of SpyGlass. I also l seen so many other historical sites not visited that we already have in Mesa County and many other towns in Colorado.