Lemon: market analysis critical for senior center

The Logan Board of Appeals has sent the proposed Central Park Senior Center project back to the city’s planning commission for another review. That decision came Tuesday after neighbors and others opposed to the project appealed, citing problems with both height of the structure and inadequate parking. Cache County is considering being part of the project proposed by Salt Lake City Developer Rick Pew and a new senior citizen center would be involved. County Executive Lynn Lemon says he is not sure there is a demand for apartments renting for around $3,000 a month. “I think the most critical thing is the market analysis,” Lemon says. “We’ve got to have a market analysis.” Lemon says conducting such an analysis will reveal whether a market exists and whether it makes sense for Cache County to pursue the project further. “If the county doesn’t see a financial benefit out of this, if we don’t see a long-term source of revenue for the senior citizen center, that really takes away the motivation for us to be part of it.” Lemon says there are other questions, such as water levels of the property and being able to maintain current contracts with the federal government. Lemon says it is his understanding the developer’s option on the county-owned property runs out at the end of December.

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