The Logan Planning Commission unanimously approved a zone change on the block of property that holds the Logan Fire Department at their meeting Tuesday.The change rezoned parts of the block located by Federal Avenue and between Church Street and 100 East, from a public to town center designation.”I think that area can use a fix up,” said David Adams of the commission.The rezoned area does not include the fire department on the northwest side nor some parking on the southeast side of the property. Those areas will keep their public designation.Logan City is currently in negotiation to bring some sort of business to the property. Rezoning allows plans and negotiations to move forward, but doesn’t necessarily mean these plans will be approved and eventually built.Town center designation allows for several types of structures to be built on the property, including living space and small businesses.The public expressed concern over parking in the area. One business owner said her workers park in that lot. Removing parking spots would mean her workers would have to park farther from work, and she said she worries about them walking the distance at night. Jeff Seeholzer, whose optometry practice is located near the property in question, said he’s concerned about how changing the already tight parking in the area could affect local businesses. “We try to encourage people to come downtown and then they don’t have a place to park,” he said.However, not all residents who attended Thursday’s meeting thought development would negatively impact businesses in the area. John Harder, Owner of the Italian Place on Federal Avenue, said not only does rezoning give the city a chance for more business and revitalize the downtown area, but it also gives them a chance to make some money off parking if they choose to build a structure drivers must pay to use.”We’ll have a lot more money down there,” he said. Glen Goins, planning manager, said rezoning does not necessarily mean less parking stalls in the area and noted there would be more time in the future to talk about parking issues. “That’s paramount in our consideration – making sure public doesn’t lose parking stalls,” he said.- email@example.com
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