Mayoral candidates discuss downtown (DO NOT PUBLISH)

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LOGAN – When the Logan Municipal primary election is held on Tuesday, August 15, the number of candidates running for office will be reduced from four to two. In a recent interview, each of the mayoral candidates was asked a similar question: What is your vision for Downtown Logan?

Candidate Holly Daines said Downtown Logan is a great place, but that there are improvements that need to be made. She said she believes those changes will come, but probably not real fast.

“A strong downtown is very important because I support neighborhoods, and we are starting to attract families back to our core neighborhoods, and to do that we need a strong downtown,” she said. “People want to walk and want to do business and we are attracting some new restaurants. I believe we are on the right track. We do need to focus on our downtown and its important, but I don’t intend to break the bank to do that. I would like to see us move forward in sort of a step-by-step way.”

Candidate Brian Seamons didn’t hesitate to say he would like to see Downtown Logan become a destination.

“It is going to be a place where economic growth and development loves to be,” he said. “We are going to pull down that Emporium – I better say I’d like to. This is my desire, to pull down the Emporium and create a common space. You notice the center block of our city? You cannot walk through that without walking through an alley. We need to fix that. We need to invite small businesses to come down there. We need a reason to be down there, to eat and to dine.”

Candidate Kyle Barney said the city needs a library, but that the Emporium space isn’t a good fit for it.

“I’d really like to see that space reserved for commercial activity for various reasons, but downtown, I think, is pretty good the way it is,” he said. “I do think we need additional density for students, but I do not think the downtown area is the correct place for that.”

***STILL NEED THOUGHTS FROM HAYDEN NIELSON***

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