No one attending a Logan City Council “visioning meeting” Tuesday evening said they wanted to get rid of the Emporium in downtown Logan. In fact, many members of the crowd came out with various ideas that it might be used for. Developer Dan Lofgren of Cowboy Partners, a firm based in Salt Lake City, learned that some people would like a public library there.
Others said they would consider using the space for a plaza, parking structure or for a mixed commercial and residential use. One of Lofgren’s suggestions included altering how the building looks to fit in with the rest of Historic Downtown Logan.
“Look at the Emporium,” Lofgren said. “It looks very modern, very ’70s because of the brown brick and because of those contemporary windows sticking out. If you change those into historic windows, and you paint it red like the rest of the (buildings), you’ll have an historic-looking building, along with crown that goes along with most of the buildings downtown.”
With so many people recommending an above-ground parking structure, Lofgren said, “we have to figure out how to go about it.”
Lofgren said it may not work out, but he would like to see a new public library in the area.
He said he was pleased to see so many people who came to the meeting with ideas of their own. There will be other gatherings, probably with other developers, before a final decision is made.