Development on the south end of Logan seems to be going at a fast pace with development going on both sides of Main Street.
Gavin Niederhauser, part of the clan that has owned the property on the east side of the “Y” intersection located at 780 South HWY 89/91 (where highways 89 and 165 split), said they are clearing tress and cleaning up the 5.7 acres to offer it as commercial property for development.
“People might think I’m not in business anymore because they don’t see the equipment or the yellow building,” he said. “I’ve moved everything to Lewiston and I’m still in business.”
G & G Niederhauser Construction, Inc. has been a family-run business since the 1920’s.
He said the yellow block building was an RV shop before they bought it. Before that, it was a welding shop and before that it housed a tractor business. Sometime along the way the old block building was also a gas station.
Hyrum Niederhauser began cutting logs as a sawmill business in Logan Canyon. He moved his sawmill from Temple Fork Canyon to the south Logan location in 1933. He changed into an underground utility company when the logging industry began to slow.
Gavin moved the construction business to Lewiston recently after the land sold. He cleared most of the buildings and the old sawmill was torn down a couple of years ago, he said. Then they divided the property into four parcels. The first one has been sold. There are 3.42 acres remaining.
Steven Taylor of Golden Spike Realty, who represents Niederhauser, said Logan Planning and Zoning has approved two eating establishments in one building on the first parcel that sold.
He said there is a lot of interest concerning the remaining acreage, but there are no takers yet.
“There is a lot of interest and some pretty active discussions going on concerning the property,” he said. “But there is nothing I can talk about at this time.”
Construction is moving forward for a Costa Vida and Jersey Mike’s Subs, Taylor said. A Stake and Shake was reported to be going in on the property but the establishment backed out.
Costa Vida, the Mexican chain with Baja-style tacos and burritos, is not new to Cache Valley, but Jersey Mikes is a New Jersey-based chain serving submarine sandwiches and is new to the Logan area. There are a dozen or more of the sandwich shops dotting the I-15 corridor.
There is also a proposed road continuation of 80 East from 700 South to Golf Course Road. Currently, 80 East has homes on it, and it is closed off, but there are plans for the road to extend through to the commercial zone.
Gavin said there is nothing left of the family’s historic wooden sawmill that was on the property.
“I took a couple of old saw blades with me,” Gavin said. “I came along after the sawmill, so I didn’t get as attached to it as some of the others did. My dad is really having a rough time over having it disappear.”
Construction has slowed due to the wet weather, but as soon as it dries up construction will move in to high gear.