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Long quiet, downtown Bountiful project now resurfacing
by Tom Busselberg
Feb 15, 2011 | 4366 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENDERING OF the Hepworth project from when it was first proposed in 2007. The project looks to be restarting. Courtesy images
RENDERING OF the Hepworth project from when it was first proposed in 2007. The project looks to be restarting. Courtesy images
BOUNTIFUL — It has been almost four years since it was first announced, but it looks like a central Bountiful office/retail/residential project is revving up again.

Plans have been submitted to the Bountiful City Planning Office for the project, which will involve the north and south corners of 100 South Main, on the west side, here. The planning commission is due to review and discuss the project at its March 1 meeting.

For many years, the north side was home to the Davis Clipper, while the south side housed a jewelry store.

“It’s the same thing as was proposed two years ago,” says City Planner Aric Jensen. “It’s been updated a little bit.”

Both buildings will be three stories, with office and retail on the main level and housing units on the upper two floors.

“We think it’s great. We’re just so excited,” Jensen said. “We have the Bountiful Lumber project and Brian’s (Brian Knowlton) three story building going in next to that,” a block to the south. “Then the Zions Bank is just getting finished up,” a block to the north.

“This will be huge for Main Street. This is the most construction in the last 10 years at one time, if not more,” he said.

“What it says to me is people are interested in a more community-friendly lifestyle, where they can get out and walk to the store or cafe or whatever,” Jensen said.

“I think it’s going to go this time,” project architect Tom Smith said. “We’ll see how the (planning commission) meeting goes. I doubt there will be too much opposition.

“Everything gets tweaked until it’s built. John Hepworth has taken some steps to get it going, has something working on it (Brian Knowlton),” Smith said.

“We’re keying off the store fronts themselves,” he said, referring to a bit more color and so-called “European flair” planned on the exterior.

“We’re not looking for a modern feel on the store fronts. The rest (residential area) is not particularly European,” he explained.

Construction could start this summer, moving forward in phases. Further, similar construction could be done later on land Hepworth owns elsewhere on the block, Smith said.

“We are getting real close,” Hepworth said. “We hope to have their (planning commission) full support.”

“We do have some good things happening,” Knowlton added.

The economic downturn is blamed for putting the project off for such a long time.

A site plan was submitted to the city in 2008, but the one-year time limit expired.

Putting together financing proved to be an obstacle to getting many projects off the ground, Jensen told the Clipper several years ago.

“We hope it will get something going, that it will be ‘contagious’ for the rest of Main Street,” Hepworth told the Clipper in 2009.

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