At one time Logan’s city block on the corner of 200 North and Main Street was believed to be the best site for a new library. Tom Jensen says his architectural firm was part of that plan but then it was decided by city leaders that the street-front property should probably be used as a commercial entity, instead.
Now Jensen has been elected to serve again on Logan’s municipal council and his top priority is vitalizing downtown. So what would he like to see on city block?
“I would like to see a mixed use, if possible, where we see retail and either housing or office components in a mixed development there,” he explains. “It could be where retail is on the ground and offices and so forth are up above, or possibly housing.”
Economic Development Director for Logan City, Kirk Jensen (not related), says proposals for that stretch of Main Street real estate have evolved over time. At one time, the city contracted with former Ogden City mayor Matthew Godfrey who now is a principal director of Better City, a consulting firm that helps revitalize communities.
“His firm came in and did some market assessments,” Kirk Jensen explains, “reached out to different developers and so forth. He really helped us craft our initial (Request For Proposal) on city block that we put out a couple years ago.”
Kirk Jensen says the Logan Library has been a bit of a stumbling block for developers who have seen the RFP. He says a decision of library relocation has not been determined, but Logan City is letting developers know it may be moving.
“In this new release,” he continues, “we’re phasing it so that a developer could come in and build a project right there on the corner of 200 North and Main with an eye of later on developing the whole frontage of the city block.”
Kirk Jensen says that Godfrey may still be involved in at least one of the proposals that come in to the city in response to the altered RFP.
Tom Jensen is excited about the possibility of revitalizing that stretch of Logan’s Main Street and would like to see it mirror what has worked in other communities along the Wasatch Front.
“In many communities, including Salt Lake and Ogden, they are developing housing units for various income levels–low, middle and high–in the downtown area.”