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Davis Beat - City expects news about projects soon
by Clipper
Feb 19, 2007 | 525 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BOUNTIFUL -- After enduring months of silence, Bountiful City expects to hear from developers this week about what's going on with two key Main Street projects. The first action is expected tonight (Tuesday) with respect to the land once occupied by old Clipper building and nearby structures.

Developer John Hepworth, who owns the land, is on the docket to present his plan to the Bountiful City Planning Commission this evening at 7 p.m.

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

The Hepworths demolished the old Clipper building last fall, with the demolition of the Whisperwood Hollow building to follow shortly. But, it wasn't until last month that the Whisperwood Hollow building was finally brought to the ground--months behind schedule. Now that these buildings have been demolished, the city is hoping that construction will begin soon.

With respect to the second project -- The Village on Main -- it's been more than a year since demolition of the old JC Penney building was completed at the site, near Main Street and Pages Lane. Since then, the only construction has been an Arctic Circle.

The city is hoping that the turtle-like pace will change as the Bountiful City Planning Commission expects to hear an update of the developer's plan within a few days.

The Village on Main was intended to be a mixed-use project featuring shops, restaurants, office space and scores of apartments -- including a senior community.

Construction was originally thought to take about 18 months since it began in March 2006, but little has happened on the 110,000-square-foot property, and the 18-month timeline will most likely expire before real progress is made.

When complete, the city hopes the Village on Main will bring people to Bountiful, offering them fine shops, restaurants and apartments.

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