Montrose Urban Renewal Authority
Board members and the organizations they represent are:
- Brad Hughes - Montrose County
- Tad Rowan, Chairman - Montrose Fire Protection District
- Melanie Hall - Montrose County School District
- Barbara Bynum - Special Districts Representative
- Montrose City Council
- Bill Bell, Executive Director
The master plan for Colorado Outdoors, the development that lies within the MURA's boundaries, includes approximately 670,000 square feet of development; the northern section being comprised of hotel and restaurant sites, with retail spanning Grand Avenue along the east end. Modern, quality housing units round out the southern end, with abundant open space and trail access adjoining the properties.
MURA and Colorado Outdoors have been working in tandem on the early phases of the public infrastructure development required to accommodate the hotel and an assortment of other businesses, as well as the planned 35,000 square foot Mayfly Outdoors manufacturing facility. An estimated $83 million is proposed for site work, infrastructure improvements, river restoration, and open space enhancements.
MURA recently announced the award of a design contract to Montrose-based Del-Mont Consultants to complete civil design studies and a detailed civil design for the first phase of the project’s public infrastructure, which is expected to break ground in early 2018.
January 8, 2018 - Construction of the MURA’s Phase I Public Infrastructure Project is underway. Phase I of this project will construct approximately 1.5 miles of roadways and utilities within the central 40 acres of the site in support of the Colorado Outdoors Development Project. The construction contract for this work was awarded to a local contractor, Ridgway Valley Enterprises, through a competitive bidding process.
Over the next several months, residents can expect to see the clearing of brush and select trees from within the project area, the installation of deep utilities (storm and sanitary sewer), and the installation of off-site utilities extending as far north as LaSalle Road. Traffic impacts will be minimal throughout this phase of the project and will generally be limited to isolated shoulder closures. Nonetheless, the city asks that all motorists and pedestrians exercise caution near the project area and to please respect all coned-off areas.
In addition to the Phase I Public Infrastructure Project, the city is also working on plans for the recreation trail connection from Colorado Outdoors to the Community Recreation Center and plans for fish habitat and boating improvements along the MURA’s Uncompahgre River frontage.