Ellis Equipment, on the south end of Logan, has found a new home. The farm implement company has been in their current location since 1938, but due to a new development annexing their location, they needed to find a place to go.
Logan City recently gave the approval for the Gateway Development Project that will take nearly eight acres of ground Ellis and other businesses are operating on.
Ellis Equipment takes up the largest portion of the development site. Not only does it have tractors and parts on site, they also have a large mail order business, so they need a little space.
Clair Ellis, manager of the farm implement company, said they have secured the former Peterson building located at 2759 South Hwy 89/91 in Wellsville, the current location of Instock Flooring. Instock has not disclosed where they are going at this time.
“The building is much bigger, but there is less land,” Ellis said. “We will be able to show more of our equipment inside.”
He said the location is out of the city and more in the country. It fits what they are trying to do.
Ellis said they visited with Nibley City and acquired a conditional use permit. They had the hearing, making it official. They will start to move later this month. It will take some time to get situated and will probably have an official opening of some kind in May.
“I’m not looking forward to the hassle of moving, but I’m excited about where we are going,” he said. “We’re talking about having a spacious display floor where we can openly showcase equipment.”
Ellis said it will be the only farm equipment store on that end of the valley, and will be easier for their Box Elder County customers to find them.
“We are a wholesaler, our location doesn’t matter that much,” Ellis said. “We have a number of salesmen on the road covering six states.”
The Logan Gateway business development, as it is called, will take the almost eight acres of ground, from Logan River on the north (including Gaucho Grill) up to Stevens-Henagar College to the south.
The group of investors developing the project are going to construct a four-story, 68,000 square foot commercial building with retail pads facing Main Street. They also have plans to build multi-family residences west of the Logan River as well as create and maintain a section of the Riverwalk Trail that hooks into the existing public path.
Kirk Jensen, economic development director for the city of Logan, said there are plans for an extension of 100 West at 600 South.
“They will be extending 100 West,” he said. “The city has acquired some property to continue 100 South. It will skirt past the church, connect to Highway 89.”
They will build another bridge over the Logan River to accommodate the road.
The development qualified for Logan’s Economic Development incentive package. The city encouraged the developers to use local contractors and vendors whenever possible.