The future of the Emporium at 55 North Main Street in downtown Logan has been uncertain since it was announced in September that Logan City will build <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_67f79f98-975b-11e7-9b29-bb82513ca548.html” target=”_blank”>a new library</a> on the sight of the V1 gas station at 100 West 100 South instead. Many questions regarding the future of the currently-empty building will be answered at this week’s Logan City Council meeting Tuesday.
“I have an idea, a proposal that I will float to the public at that time,” Mayor Craig Petersen said last week, “it’s not a done deal, but at least it is an option.” Although Petersen has been private about the specifics of his proposal, he said that the Emporium “probably won’t come down.”
Logan City <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_bf9c0e2c-f946-11e6-a958-67dd8f044a21.html” target=”_blank”>bought the downtown icon</a> for $2,000,000 and had planned on demolishing it to build a new library. Included in the deal was the five story Emporium, the former Poco Loco building and Plaza 45. Plans to relocate the library to the property were abandoned after the public’s negative reaction to the decision.
In April 2016, the Logan City Council <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_4c827722-073a-11e6-800f-1b9aa79e326c.html” target=”_blank”>voted to demolish</a> the buildings. Now, the Emporium will <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_76307d1a-0827-11e6-8ea3-838082da0d7f.html” target=”_blank”>likely be renovated</a> rather than demolished. “I don’t think people view it as a historic structure for the most part,” stated Petersen. Although the building has seen better days structurally and economically, and lacks in historical value, many Cache Valley residents have fond memories of the 40-year-old building, from shopping at the old JC Penny department store, to dining at the Coppermill restaurant while looking out the window to admire the historic Tabernacle.
The Mayor is seeking the public’s opinion about the future of the building. Petersen’s plans will be unveiled Tuesday October 17th during the City Council meeting at 5:30 pm. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, a live stream of the meeting will be broadcast and recorded. A link to the live stream is available at <a href=”http://www.loganutah.org/government/city_council/index.php” target=”_blank”>http://www.loganutah.org/government/city_council/index.php</a>