GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. There's a lot in store for Downtown Grand Junction next year.
Co-Owner of Culinary Corner, Beth Zansk, said, "Anything new or anything that brings attention to downtown is a good thing."
Aaron hoffman, Marketing Director with Downtown Grand Junctions said events help bring people downtown. He said popular attractions like the Farmer's Market and Epic Eides Off-Road Bike Race are coming back next year.
Hoffman said, "We are making a few changes to our 'Art and Jazz Festival' which is always held over Mother's Day. This year, our board recently voted to change the title to the 'Art and Music Festival' so we will be able to incorporate a broader offering of music at that event."
As for new destination spots, the Historic Avalon Theatre is expected to open and help strengthen the downtown economy. It's currently underconstruction and in just in the past few weeks, the project received more than 1 million dollars in grants to help finish the project this summer.
Development Director for the Avalon Cornerstone Project, Robin Brown said, "This is a game changer for our community and this is absoluted the gateway to our downtown and its going to bring in a lot of people from outside the community. It's just going to be a great economic project for all of our local businesses."
Also, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently sent out a survey to residents asking for suggestions on the possiblity of new housing downtown. "Maybe if they get some housing that might bring some different people down here that maybe don't shop here now," said Zanski.