The handwriting is on the wall, the Emporium in downtown Logan is coming down according to Logan Mayor Craig Petersen. Logan City officially purchased the building last week and the mayor says after looking like a mausoleum for several years, it needs a fresh look.
On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Petersen said the city is exploring several different plans for the space.
“The concept we’re looking at right now – we have a conceptual idea, it’s not a final idea – is that the Emporium would come down,” explained Petersen. “We would put a breezeway through the building. In that breezeway area there would be opportunity for commercial businesses.”
Besides creating an updated opportunity for downtown business, Petersen also envisions a mixed use for the space.
“Above that would be relatively high-end residential units. Our intent is we are putting together a request for proposal right now. We have talked to a number of developers. We have received quite a bit of interest.”
The mayor said hopefully the property could be sold to a developer under the condition that it be developed in a way that it would energize downtown Logan.
The property purchased by the city included not only the Emporium but also Poco Loco and Plaza 45. The mayor originally announced that the buildings would be torn down to make way for a new library but has since backtracked after mostly negative public opinion on the matter.