Some dramatic changes could be in the near future for downtown Logan. On September 20 the Logan Municipal Council threw its support behind a joint plan between the city and the Logan Downtown Alliance to encourage residential housing in downtown Logan. The council also voted to change the zone from Public to Town Center on .56 acres at the Church Street and Federal Avenue corner where such housing will likely be built. Logan’s Economic Development Director Kirk Jensen says nothing has been submitted yet but Salt Lake City-based Cowboy Partners Developers have proposed a four-story structure at that location. “The discussion at this point has been conceptual,” Jensen said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday. “But they’re talking about 50 plus units with the mix being 3/4 of those being one bedroom and the remainder 25% being two bedroom.” Mike DeSimone came to Cache Valley in April to become Logan’s new Community Development Director. DeSimone joined Jensen on Crosstalk and said in Washington state and other places he’s lived there have been housing projects in downtown areas that have worked out very well. “You just have to make sure that you balance the number of people down there, the mixture of uses, the compatibility of different types of uses. But it’s a good way to have some vibrancy in your down town. Bring people down there, shop, live, play, a good way to stimulate your downtown and keep your economics going good.” DeSimone says the 54-unit affordable-housing project has not been officially submitted yet. Jensen said it would be a mixed-use project with housing on the upper floors, retail establishments on the ground level and have two levels of parking. He estimated that the affordable housing project would house up to 70 people.
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