New businesses and housing coming to Fruita
By: Penny Stine
Infrastructure construction will start soon here at Aspen Village, which will be a 22-lot residential subdivision on the corner of Aspen and Pine in Fruita. The lots should be ready for home construction sometime later this summer.
Fruita continues to carve out its own niche in the Grand Valley, pursuing opportunities to advance its reputation as a good place for recreation, for families and for businesses that want to embrace the small-town atmosphere.
The town of Fruita is getting close to having the plans finished for the Kokopelli portion of the Colorado Riverfront Trail, which will be a four-mile extension of the trail from Fruita to Loma.
“Our anticipated construction start is August,” said Ture Nycum, director of parks and recreation for the city of Fruita. Construction will be ongoing through the fall and winter, and the new portion of the trail should be open in the spring of 2018.
The town has also been working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) to improve the mountain bike trails and the access near Mack Ridge.
“There’s a trailhead parking lot, but no trail,” Nycum said. “COPMOBA is starting construction of a trail that will go from the Mack parking lot; it will be a connector that takes people on top of Mack Ridge.”
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