BOUNTIFUL -- Plans for a regional museum will be downsized. Three years into a fundraising effort to build a new museum to house the history of South Davis County, organizers have run into a hard fiscal reality. It could take years to raise the necessary matching funds to build a $1.5 million museum.
Dean Collinwood, chairman of the Bountiful Historic Commission, said he plans to unveil scaled-down plans for a museum early next year to council members.
Plans have been reduced from a $1.5 million structure with 14,000 square feet to a $1 million structure with 8,500 square feet and no basement. The new plans also call for the building to be merged with the existing Bountiful/Davis Arts Center at 745 S. Main St. instead of being a separate entity.
Collinwood said organizers have $287,000 in cash and signed contracts toward the new structure, with another $51,000 in pledges.
He admits that to move forward with the building, city officials would have to stand by their pledge to provide up to $750,000 in funding, even if the match is only 50 cents on the dollar as a result.
"We will formally recommend the plan at a future meeting. We want to put some finishing touches on it first," Collinwood said.
Mayor Joe Johnson approached museum organizers earlier this year and asked them to consider modifying plans for the regional center in an effort to move the building forward in a more timely fashion.
Museum organizers then solicited input and met with an architect to begin the downsizing.
Collinwood said three key factors must be considered in any modified plans: labor costs in the existing market will be cheaper than originally planned; there will be some efficiencies in merging with the arts center; and the project would be dependent on Bountiful providing the full amount of pledged money for the project, not just the matching amount.
Johnson said he likes what he sees with the redesigned plans up to this point.
"We look forward to seeing your progress," the mayor said.
The museum will be more than just a pioneer museum, Collinwood said, adding that it is important to recognize historical achievements because the pioneers came, as well as chronicle the American Indian influence in the area before pioneers arrived.