SOUTH WEBER — The city council recently discussed plans for a possible new commercial/residential development at 2100 E. South Weber Drive.
Jeff Clifford, discussed the idea of turning his three acres of property into a commercial/residential area. He would like to see a “country store” built there.
Residents have contacted Clifford about additional commercial entities there, including a day care center, a hair dresser shop, a pharmacist facility and an engineering office.
Clifford also suggested building 32 townhomes or three to four eight-plexes along the back of the property. He discussed a possible lower level commercial location with the upper level as residential suites.
In addition, Clifford said he wished the city government would buy the property because the “taxes cost quite a bit.”
Resident Amy Gerard was concerned about what the law actually is regarding building commercial property at that location, saying she had approached the council four different times, yet did not get clarification.
Gerard also voiced her opinion that vacant buildings would invite vagrancy if businesses do not develop or subsequently close.
Council members also expressed concern about an easement that runs through the vacant lot and a traffic study that would have to be done before the commercial plan could be approved. The council also made it clear that they want “what will work for the city or community.”
Dak Maxwell, of Staker Parson expressed his opinion that a residential area next to a gravel pit would not be compatible.
The motion to move on this resolution was tabled until the city council meeting this Tuesday and after further study of the details had been completed.