Builders barely keep up with demand


New homes in the north area continue to sell at a brisk pace, which means buyers often have to write a contract and wait for months for their home to be built.

At Copper Creek North, where Silas and Chris Colman have been building Energy-star certified homes for several years, there are no move-in ready homes available for buyers.

“We’re seven months out,” said Naomi Colman, sales coordinator for Copper Creek Builders. The company is still building in the second filing of its subdivision and has already sold about half of filing three. In the last year, Colman estimates that the company has built about 40 homes in the unique neighborhood, where some homes are clustered around a small community park.

At Summerhill, which was started more than a decade ago by Bray Development, Porter Homes recently began building homes in the second to last phase of construction.

“We’ve already sold four lots, and we have our Parade home under construction,” said Craig Huckaby, the listing agent for the new homes at Summerhill. There are 19 homes in the current filing, and 21 lots in the final filing.

According to Huckaby, prices are starting in the low to mid-$400s but average around $480,000. Although Porter Homes can build smaller homes in the neighborhood, and the lots are relatively small, most people are choosing homes that are about 2,100 square feet.

Huckaby estimates that about 40 percent of Summerhill buyers are coming from out of town. Local buyers include those who are tired of the big lawn and landscape chores and who love the idea of being able to leave at a moment’s notice, without worrying about finding someone to mow or take care of the yard.

Chronos Builders continues to build and sell at Heritage Heights, another popular north area development off 25 Road. Likewise, Senergy Builders is building multi-family townhomes at Halls Estate.

City planners are working through issues on two large housing subdivisions, Weminuche and Mosaic, in the north area with the developers who are hoping to be able to bring them to the Grand Junction housing market, but no firm date for when either one will be ready to start infrastructure construction.

Road improvements continue on Horizon Drive, although technically, it’s not the road that’s currently getting attention but the infrastructure underneath the road. Ute Water is replacing old, eight and 10-inch water pipes and replacing them with 12-inch PVC pipes, which will be large enough to handle current and future needs.

The water pipes weren’t due to be replaced for several years, but Ute Water elected to the job now, a few years ahead of schedule, when the city had the street torn up to replace sewer lines and to install crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.

“We wanted to save taxpayer dollars and prevent the street from being torn up twice,” said Joe Burtard with Ute Water.

Construction along Horizon Drive hasn’t prevented new businesses and relocation of existing businesses, especially restaurants. A new pizza restaurant, Pizzamore, hopes to open this month at 683 Horizon, Unit 104; Azteca’s is currently remodeling a former pizza restaurant at 705 Horizon Drive, Enzo’s has moved a half mile further south from it’s former home at 759 Horizon to its new, larger location at 709 Horizon, while Citrola’s has moved from its former location on 24 Road to the spot at 759 Horizon.

The Horizon Drive business district is clearly getting a new look and new life, which is encouraging for longtime businesses. The owners of Stop ‘n Save along Horizon have recently begun a complete remodel of the gas station/convenience store.

“The existing store goes back to the 1970s,” said Kent Frieling with Stop ‘n Save. “We felt like we wanted to keep the properties up and there’s potential to serve the public better.”

Construction has already begun, but the entire facility will be shut down for a few months in the fall, and the owners hope to open the new, 5,271-square foot store, which will have more food service items, better bathrooms, and expanded fuel operations, by January.