Downtown Alliance prez says restaurant development should be larger in scope

Five years ago the Logan Downtown Alliance was at its lowest point, but things have changed dramatically since then, officials say. Current Alliance President Joe Needham said great progress has been made and consultants who recently concluded a study say Logan is a great downtown and it will not be redeveloping, but rather improving on what it already has. Needham said he’s pleased with the news about a Chuck-A-Rama restaurant coming to 150 S. Main, but while the location is great, he said he’s concerned about the scope of the project. “It’s just one building being built and I would rather see something a little bit larger,” Needham said, noting he’d prefer a two- or three-story development with office space and housing units. “One of the major goals of the downtown is to have mixed use, any project that goes in, we’re looking to see where is the multiple use, is it bringing more than just one service to the area?” Needham added that the project does nothing to halt urban sprawl on both the north and south ends of Logan. He said the Downtown Alliance is anxious to get more housing in the downtown area. “The land in Logan is valuable and anytime we do something just one level, something simple, it’s unrealizing (the value of the land,)” Needham said. Needham’ appeared on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday. The full interview can be heard by

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