FARMINGTON -- A neighbor pushing for a new development on the city's north side at the site of an old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church is taking his time to try to find the right suitor.
Frank McCullough, the man pushing the Villa Susanna planned unit development at approximately 1400 N. Main St., told members of the city council recently he continues to speak with builders and select developers about potentially building on the corner property that once was an LDS Church. The church was built in 1914 but has fallen into disrepair and the site has been dubbed an eyesore by several city officials.
McCullough, a developer, stepped forward to help Susan Maughan who owns the property and lived in the old church until last year. He intends to find a builder and developer for the project.
Any potential profits from the project will be used for a new residence for Maughan as part of the development, McCullough has said. The city's Redevelopment Agency voted in September to provide approximately $96,225 to raze the old church for a PUD of five single-family residences. The RDA approval comes with a 15-month sunset clause.
Besides potential help from the RDA to clear the property for development, city officials also voted to approve final PUD master plan for the subdivision site.
In the meantime, McCullough said he has found a lot of interest in the development. But he said the search is ongoing.
He said all of the prospects he hastalked with have brought up different wrinkles on how they would develop the corner lot. He said a major question is what kind of homes to build with what kind of pricing point.
"Overall it's going to be a very attractive little development. The concern I have is they (builders/developers) all have their own idea what sells best for time," McCullough told council members.
The slope of the area around 1400 North is also part of the concern about any possible project in the area. Council members have stewed over details of how the homes are situated and how traffic would flow from the project onto westbound traffic off the hill.