At its Dec. 7 meeting, the North Salt Lake City Council voted to let Compass Development out of their agreement to have 50,000 square feet of commercial development built or leased at Eaglewood before any residential buildings started appearing.
As part of that vote, however, they also required Compass to start work on its previously agreed-upon improvements to Highway 89, including widening the road and the installation of another set of street lights.
“It was a tough decision,” said North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave. “They’d promised they would slip in some commercial development. But with the economy the way it is, the fact of the matter is that it’s tough to get commercial started.”
Compass Development is expected to start work on Eaglewood Village’s multi-family housing units this coming spring. At the same time, they will also be required to start work on improvements to the stretch of Highway 89 that runs just in front of the development. The work, which was part of the original agreement made with the city in 2007, is designed to ease the extra traffic congestion that was expected to arrive with the development.
A major step in that improvement will be the widening of the road, as well as the addition of an extra turn lane. An extra light will also be added along that stretch, meant to ease access to I-15 as well as the new development.
Further work will include curb and gutter improvements, as well as the addition of a new roundabout.
“In theory, it will lessen the traffic in our roundabout,” said Arave, referring to the one the city put in just north of Eaglewood Village.
And, after waiting through years of delays that has kept Eaglewood Village looking unfortunately similar to the gravel pit it once was, Arave and the other city officials feel that some movement is better than none.
“Residential development will help get the commercial started,” he said. “And in the end, there’s a fair amount of work they agreed to do that otherwise just wouldn’t get done.”