SYRACUSE -- Members of a panel will publicly air the potential benefits and costs of a proposed development in this community from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers of City Hall.
Ninigret Group LC's proposal to develop approximately 180 acres in the northeast section of the city will be the topic; panelists will include public and private officials involved with economic development.
Alexander Lawrence, vice provost for Innovation & Economic Development at Weber State University, will moderate.
The panel is expected to field questions regarding the pros and cons of the project, said City Planner Kent Anderson.
The current Ninigret concept plan proposal includes a 155-acre job center, which could include an array of industrial, light industrial and commercial uses. The concept plan proposal also includes 25 acres of multifamily development.
The project is south of the coming SR 193 road-expansion project, west of 1000 West, east of 2000 West and north of 700 South.
Ninigret outlined plans for the project in November on property owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The company estimated the project could bring as many as 1,200 jobs.
Recently, some neighbors have expressed their opposition in city council meetings. No specific site plans or details of the project have undergone public review or public hearings at this point, though city officials have tried to gear up the proposal.
Panel participants will include: Jeff Edwards, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah; Christopher Conabee, managing director for Corporate Recruitment and Incentives, with the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Andrew Gruber, executive director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council; and Randy Jeffries, a project manager for the Utah Department of Transportation who is currently heading the North Davis Corridor project.
Also on the panel are: Kent Sulser, director of Community and Economic Development for Davis County; Jason Burningham, a principal with Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham; Alan Rindlisbacher, director of corporate marketing for Layton Construction; and Tom Burdett, the community development director for the city of West Jordan, and a Davis School District representative.