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Hepworth to add 'flavor' to Main St.
by Clipper
Feb 21, 2007 | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BOUNTIFUL -- Months after the demolition of the old Clipper building and other nearby structures, the Bountiful Planning Commission finally heard plans for the site Tuesday night. The proposed development, which would include fine retail shops and apartments, made it past the commission, and is now one step closer to becoming a reality for downtown Bountiful.

John Hepworth, owner and developer of the property, presented his plan with enthusiasm.

"I am excited to discuss what we've planned," Hepworth began. "We haven't changed much of the original plan, but we have really punched it up."

Hepworth's original plan for this spot was to construct buildings for fine retail development, bringing more business to Bountiful. These new buildings would also serve to usher in a more modern-looking Main St.

During the meeting, Hepworth provided conceptual drawings that showed more detail of the buildings' entrances.

"We've really added to the store fronts and windows," Hepworth said. "We were inspired to add a French touch. We'd like to see French store fronts and accent points that include French balconies."

"We want to mimic the historical aspects of the street and community," he said, "while adding a bit more flavor."

"With the construction of these buildings, we hope to inspire people who aren't even in business right now to open a new business,"Hepworth said.

Beyond retail development, Hepworth's plan includes the construction of quality apartments.

"Apartments will begin at 1,100 square feet, with the largest being 1,500 square feet," Hepworth said. "These apartments will be very nice, attracting the type of residents who want to live in this type of atmosphere."

"When complete, we hope that this project will bring crowds of people to Bountiful," Hepworth said. "We're very excited about this development."

The city council members also seemed enthusiastic and supportive of Hepworth's plan, but noted that there were issues that remained unresolved.

These issues included parking inadequacies and the fact that there was no planned area for a Dumpster.

"The parking ratio must be accurate," said Aric Jensen, city planner who was concerned with parking problems. "The plan also needs Dumpster enclosures."

In the end, the Bountiful City Planning Commission voted to see the plan move to the City Council for further approval.

The vote was conditional, however, on the basis that the parking and Dumpster issues would be resolved.

"We hope that this project will create so much excitement in the community that there will be a parking problem," Hepworth said. "When this is complete, we hope that the development will be not only an invitation to the outside community, but will also support the needs of Bountiful demographics."

The old Clipper building was demolished last summer, and the Whisperwood Hollow building was leveled last month, making room for the proposed development. With the preliminary approval of the Bountiful City Planning Commission, Hepworth's plan now moves to the Bountiful City Council for further approval before construction can begin.
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