Cache Senior Center project gets axed

If a senior living facility is built in central Logan, it will not be the one proposed on Cache County property. That project has been discontinued. Planning is beginning for a smaller complex on the same block, at about 150 East 200 North. Logan architect Tom Jensen of Architectural Nexus said the new facility would not be a senior center but would house seniors in condo and other types of housing without using county property. “There is a demand for it,” said Jensen. “A project like this has not been built here. There is a certain segment of the population – mostly empty nesters – that don’t want to be cutting the grass and shoveling snow and painting fences anymore. They want a place where they can turn the key and go. “That’s what this would be intended for. Plus, it’s in a central part of the city so within one and a half blocks they can cover most of the very interesting parts of our downtown area.” Jensen said the project is in its preliminary stages. “The plans are not proceeding yet,” he said, “this is just a concept and the developer is still engaged in seeking other investors and financing, which in this economy is not easy.” Jensen said in approaching this project the developer, Rick Plewe of Salt Lake City, sought to go through the city and get entitlements first and use that, in a way, to help with obtaining investment partners. “There is also the issue of market studies and so forth,” said Jensen. “All of these things have to be done before the plans proceed.” Jensen said in the plan for Logan City the block in question is specifically intended for commercial development, which would include office buildings, other retail and housing. “This proposed facility is not inconsistent with the city’s plan for this block,” said Jensen. He acknowledged that the sluggish economy had something to do with abandoning the first project, which was planned for where the current senior citizen center is located. Also, Jensen said a claim was made by one of the neighbors, adjacent to the first property, making an issue of the space provided for cars, maintaining that it was insufficient. The second issue was that the height of the building was incompatible with the neighborhood. “What we’re trying to do is make the building economically feasible for the investors and reduce the shadow and the perceived height of it to the neighbors. We’re trying to find a way to make it work for both parties.”

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