LOGAN — There has been a lot of speculation about what will happen to the Emporium block in downtown Logan in the future. Logan Mayor Craig Petersen said people have suggested that it be the place for a new library. Others say they favor commercial development but worry there would be too little parking space. Peterson said Economic Development Director Kirk Jensen decided to determine just how much open parking is available.
“Kirk has an intern, Charlie Brothersen, who actually went out 61 separate times and counted every car in that lot,” Petersen said, “and the bottom line is there are 244 stalls on that block, and on average, about just over half of those are in use. You can see that the morning average is less than that, the noontime average a little higher, the afternoon average a little less. If you look at peak usage, you see after 61 times that we did the count, the only time we ever hit 70 percent was once.”
Petersen said at any time, approximately 75 parking stalls are available, except during special situations like Summerfest or other celebrations.