Grand Junction residents will be asked to vote on a piece of land that's been getting a lot attention.
Brady trucking is looking to expand closer to the river but when and if that can happen, depends on the outcome of Referred Measure A.
While the company says expanding its business would benefit the local economy, a strong opposition wants it to keep away from the river.
The land where 27 1/2 Road meets the river use to look a lot different. It was a rendering plant.
"Unfortunately, they just left a lot of bad things behind. Brady has gone through the expense of cleaning it up," Long time business owner, Edward Gardner, remembered.
Brady Trucking purchased the land, has since spent hundred of thousands of dollars fixing it up, and is planning to use it to expand its facility.
The company’s vice president, Chuck Johnson, says, "Because of the process we have been going through we haven't had the opportunity to continue with our development and get it to the point that we wanted to take it."
A taxpayer vote will decide whether or not the land can be zoned for industrial business.
Benita Phillips with Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County says that's not an appropriate use of the land.
"I would rather see the whole area be donated by Brady to Mesa Land Trust," Phillips said.
Others say Brady Trucking has their full support.
"Businesses and private property owners who meet the parameters of the requirements for whatever it is they want to do on their land should be aloud to do it," Gardner said.
Michael Burk, with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, says, "For us it's a win-win situation where we can have a good corporate citizen, high paying jobs, and we can see a portion of the river front trail completed at the same time."
Part of Brady Trucking's plan includes a fifty foot easement and 25 foot landscape buffer that will enhance the riverfront trail system.
"We all enjoy the river walk, the river front, and its beauty. We want to see that continue as well,” Johnson said. “We are willing to work collectively to make this happen and have both of us achieve our goals."
Brady Trucking says even if it doesn't get the votes it needs for Ref A next month, it’s not the end. It’ll go back to city council for reconsideration.