Members of the Logan Municipal Council adopted a specific downtown plan several years ago and at the last meeting council members talked about what part of that plan, if any, could be considered to be part of the upcoming 2015-16 budget.
The council agreed many buildings have been vacated, including the Copper Mill Restaurant in the Emporium.
Eugene Needham, who has had several downtown businesses for many years, said he attended a conference where a downtown consultant spoke. Needham said the speaker pointed out that malls are no longer as popular as they used to be.
<span>”But he said people are finding that the downtowns have a real attraction,” Needham explained. “The old downtowns are the new stylish place to be, the place where national units, at least that’s what I took, the possibility that we could get national units here.</span>
<span>”There are hundreds of national stores. I did a count of our central block and there is a possibility of between 36 and 43 retail stores.”</span>
<span>Needham said if the city could redo the parking in back of the stores it would help a great deal. No other councilmembers had suggestions but it was agreed there would be more discussion before the budget is adopted.</span>