Emporium scheduled for demolition this winter

LOGAN – The Emporium is scheduled to be demolished this winter to make way for a new development in spring of 2020.

Plans for what to do with the space have been talked about since Spring 2016.

The city-owned shopping center was vacated Aug 1, 2018. After discussions with the public, members of a “visioning committee” and developer Dan Lofgren, it appears “we are moving forward on Center Block,” according to a statement from Logan Mayor Holly Daines.

The city began working on ideas with Lofgren, CEO of Salt Lake City-based development firm Cowboy Partners, over a year ago.

Plans for the new development include “housing, a public plaza, parking structure and more,” the statement read.

The public will get a chance to view the plans and ask questions during a presentation in the municipal council chambers, 290 N. 100 West, at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25.

City crews began some preparatory work (moving electrical service) this week in advance of the demolition which is scheduled for completion next April.

Work continues on the Center Street project and is on schedule as phase one of the city’s downtown revitalization project. It will be completed mid-November.

Once parking is restored to Center Street, according to the city, phase two can begin with the Emporium demolition followed by new construction in the Spring.

The city bought the shopping center in 2016.

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