UPDATE: Parking garage proposed on Tabernacle grounds

It appears support from the LDS Church will determine the future of a proposed three level parking structure in downtown Logan . Tuesday night Steve Thompson went before the Logan Municipal Council to present his concept for a structure, directly East of the Logan Tabernacle, to accommodate 399 vehicles. Cost is estimated at $3 million. The addition of a tunnel and Main Street stairs and elevator could push costs to between $3.6 and $4 million. Thompson, who resigned his council seat several months early to take a consulting position with the city, heard council members Tuesday night express concerns about reports of groundwater problems in the area. Thompson presented drawings of the proposed structure by Christian Wilson of Design West. “I served over 13 years on the city council,” said Thompson, “and in that time I saw proposals for five different parking structures come before us. In each case progress was always stopped by lack of funding.” Thompson said Logan’s downtown businesses can’t come up with the funding. So 18 months ago in a Salt Lake City meeting, he turned to LDS leaders, including Presiding Bishop David Burton. The church made no commitments but Burton said the idea lookedgood. He said the church has funded similar projects in the past. In addition to the three level parking terrace east of the tabernacle, the project includes an underground walkway coming out of the parking structure, built adjacent to the tabernacle, all the way to Main Street. The walkway would continue under Main Street, allowing users to park behind the tabernacle and walk indoors all the way to the Emporium, on the opposite side of Main. Thompson said reaction was from the municipal council was generally positive, other than the groundwater issues.

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