Council votes unanimously to demolish Emporium

LOGAN – The vote was unanimous last night when the City Council agreed that the Emporium in downtown Logan should be demolished. The request was made by Mayor Craig Petersen who said the space would be used for a new city library. He said there is still a good chance that will happen although there is talk about the Library going elsewhere.

Logan Downtown Manager Gary Saxton agreed there is very little traffic and few shops still open in the 40-year-old Emporium. He said downtown business owners feel the space could be used to create what he called “an architectural gem.”

“It should be something that can last more than 20 years,” he said. “It would have a 100 to 200-year lifespan that would be not only a library, but a community center. A place where the entire community at large can gather and do fun things, to see art galleries that are travelling, to see exhibits, to have meeting space, reception space, to have concerts and performances.”

The Mayor has said considerable interest is being shown in the purchase of the old library on City Block.

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