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Long-delayed development should see summer start
by Tom Busselberg
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BOUNTIFUL’S FIRST SOUTH AND MAIN should start seeing construction on new “European” mixed use development soon.  Courtesy art
BOUNTIFUL’S FIRST SOUTH AND MAIN should start seeing construction on new “European” mixed use development soon. Courtesy art
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BOUNTIFUL — Construction start on the long-awaited “renaissance” of downtown Bountiful is only a few months away.

“Every part of the puzzle is coming together. It has gotten all the city approvals,” said Brian Knowlton, owner of Knowlton General LC.

He spoke with the Clipper Friday morning about the mixed use development planned for the north and south corners of 100 South Main St., here.

As with many projects, such as the old Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay, this development, originally announced some years ago, has been hampered by the down economy. John Hepworth and other principals of Bountiful-based Security Investment are behind the development.

As previously announced, it will include main floor retail in both the north and south buildings, and two floors of apartments.

The exterior, particularly on the street level, will reflect European influences, particularly with a French accent, Knowlton says.

“It will be modeled after French storefronts. We will try to give it that old village feel,” he says. Architect Tom Smith traveled to France to gain insight for the development.

“We’re still hoping for restaurants, other retail, and should be done with construction within eight to nine months,” Knowlton says.

Construction is planned to start on the north section first, followed closely by the south portion, he said. There will be 14 two-bedroom apartments, each covering about 1,000 square feet.

Knowlton classified the apartments as “mid to upper level” in quality, including such features as granite countertops and Alder Shaker-style cabinets.

“I am excited to see some development coming to Main Street. That’s going to make a more dynamic face for the city center,” says Bountiful Council member and planning commission liaison Beth Holbrook.

“Main Street is our little secret – we want to increase its visibility,” she said. “One of the things I like so much is it’s a mixed use development. I think that’s going to be the anchor of really increasing dynamism on Main.

“People who live there take pride in it, know the area,” interact with its various parts, Holbrook added.

To the west of the south portion of the project, seven three-story six-plex apartment buildings are planned, with no definite timeline set, Knowlton said.

They will most likely contain all-brick exteriors, and will include landscaping and park areas, he said.

Knowlton has played a major part in redeveloping Bountiful’s Main Street over the years.

The old Bountiful Lumber site at the northwest side of Main and 200 South is in various stages of construction.

He said the three story retail/apartments building just north of the historic lumber building should see completion within a month.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com

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