Residents may have seen firefighters training and learning new techniques on Logan’s south Main Street from about 450 South to the Logan River, north of the Riverwoods area. On KVNU’s monthly Speak to the Mayor program on Wednesday with Logan Mayor Holly Daines, the mayor said that area has been made available by the developer to help fire and law enforcement to practice before those buildings are taken down.
That area is known as the South Main Redevelopment Area. Daines acknowledges that Logan is aging and many structures are in blighted areas and it would be easier for a developer to go out and start from scratch on already-undeveloped land, so the city is providing assistance.
“What the city is really trying to do is take the cost of the land, essentially, back to match what it would be in other communities (in) an undeveloped state. For instance, with that project, not only did they have to buy structures (homes, businesses, etc) so they have to pay for the value of those businesses, those buildings. And then what do they have to do? Tear them down,” said Daines.
The mayor said asbestos issues had to be mitigated in many of those structures. So that is an additional cost. Also, a good part of the property just to the north of the Logan River is in a FEMA Flood Plain that experienced flooding in 2011 and some of the riverbank has degraded. Fortunately, the city received a grant from the state and with help from the Logan River Taskforce, the bank can be restored. Also, the developer is working with Logan to provide public trails and a pedestrian bridge over the river.
Audio: Mayor Daines on KVNU’s Speak to the Mayor