A full half year into her term as Logan Mayor Holly Daines said she realizes how much her two terms on the city council has helped in making the transition.
“Those eight years on the council has really focused my attention. I had some goals, I knew what I wanted to do and I have been able to proceed with that. I feel we’ve accomplished a lot in six months.”
She said Tuesday’s “visioning” meeting was a step toward forging a downtown redevelopment plan and the Mayor was pleased with the turnout.
“Sometimes it is hard to get people to come out and give you feedback and ideas. But citizen input is important and that’s something I’ve worked on really hard over the past six months, starting with re-creating neighborhood councils.”
A few years ago when the city bought the Emporium property it was vacant, there was nothing happening there and the city’s initial thought was it would be a library.
“It’s a prime location,” said the Mayor, “so we bought it plus two adjacent buildings. It’s the heart of our downtown, it’s right across the street from our historic Tabernacle. We want to make sure something wonderful happens there.”
The city settled on a developer and Tuesday night Dan Lofgren of Cowboy Partners from Salt Lake City attended.
Mayor Daines said he was there to hear what citizens had to say.
“We talked about how to make it a vibrant downtown, what attracts people downtown, how do you make it more pedestrian friendly? And if you develop that space you have to solve the parking problem.
“That means structured parking and that is expensive and difficult. That may be the next step for downtown Logan.”