Consultant says rehabbing neighborhoods can be very tricky

Redeveloping a neighborhood is a major, major undertaking according to Matthew Godfrey, former Ogden mayor who is now a well-known planning consultant.

Godfrey spoke at Tuesday’s meeting of the Logan Municipal Council at the invitation of council member Eugene Needham. Needham would like to see some major development done in Logan’s inner city.

“Rarely is the private sector able to engage, on their own, to turn the neighborhood around,” Godfrey explained, “because the economics just don’t make sense. It typically takes political will, a leader to come forward and decide that this is a priority.

“It’s expensive, there are lots of issues with it, including people being concerned that their neighborhood is going to be condemned if the community starts to get involved. There is a lot of hair on a project like this.”

He said sometimes you can just rehab a home and end up with something really remarkable. But he says it is important to choose the neighborhood you really want to go into.

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