A new events center may be built in downtown Grand Junction. Being half-way between Salt Lake and Denver we'd certainly have more concerts here if we had the right facility.

The center would be just south of Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown. The proposed facility will be of considerable size. At 140,000-square-foot and a 6,300 seating capacity, it could be used to host concerts, rodeos, indoor sporting events, boxing, MMA fights, graduations and more. As a concert goer and radio personality, I'm all for it! Junction currently doesn't have a facility to accommodate mid-level touring acts.

Ray Michaels
Ray Michaels

The event center would be built along 1st Street next door to the Two Rivers Convention Center. The idea is in motion. The Grand Junction City Council on Wednesday night unanimously agreed to add an issue to April's ballot to increase sales tax. Tax hike would raise sales tax to 3%

Junction Mayor Phyllis Norris is for it "It would really help our economy here, it would really push our restaurant and hotel, business and we are ready doing well in tourism that one area that's been a bright spot for us,” said Norris. "Sometimes you have spend money to start generating money, anyone that is in business knows that, you've got to invest, in order to make more money."

Estimates put construction cost in the $46-$57 million dollar range. The Junction City Council will discuss the matter further on Friday, May 15, during a council retreat.

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