In May of last year, Logan City purchased the Emporium building along with two adjacent properties. At the time of the purchase, the city’s intent was either to locate a new library at that location or encourage a private retail/residential development. Since the closure of the Coppermill Restaurant at the end of 2014 the building has been essentially empty in the middle of the downtown area.
Over the last 10 months the city has aggressively pursued private development of the properties and offered financial incentives for a project that would stimulate downtown business activity. But nothing materialized that was considered to be a good use of the properties.
So on Tuesday night, Mayor Craig Petersen proposed during the Logan Municipal Council meeting that the buildings be demolished and a new library be constructed at the site. On his monthly Speak to the Mayor hour on KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Petersen spoke about how the property could serve the city and the public.
“What we’re thinking about, specifically, was that we’ll build a new library/community center,” Petersen said. “It’ll be probably a basement and two stories, about 40,000 square feet. It’s crucial that it be not just a book repository, that it be a place where people can come in and enhance their skills.”
The mayor further explained, “one of the other things that we want to accomplish is we want to give a facelift to that block with a façade for a new library that would be exciting, consistent with historic downtown.
“Part of it would involve a breezeway that would go all the way from Main Street through the center of the block. It would actually line up directly with the Tabernacle.”
Mayor Petersen said with a new hotel going in on the southeast corner of the current city block (the area between 300 North and 200 North on Main Street), the current library area could be better utilized for commercial development.