To the developer: Please preserve the historic American Form Mill! It is a
treasure and fun to see a glimpse of the past. Especially if you gave your word
to Dan the building should be saved.
Never sign a contract if what you want in that contract is not in writing.
Syanora to the mill. Sad.
From the story it appears the developer allegedly made a verbal contract but
didn't want to put it into writing - Danger Will Smith!Whether
or not the old building can be saved, and for what purpose is an issue. But the
owner was not very wise to believe a person who would not put the offer in
writing.There is a segment of our society that likes to see images
and buildings from our past kept alive and in our present day. Sometimes that
is not possible.To me it is sad the owner had to sell his property,
and it is sad the developer acted in, what appears from the narrative, a less
than above board manner. On the up side, if demolished the site
could be the home to some quality structures, designed and built by the same
type quality people who bought the site for development. they run in packs you
know. I await the balloons, banners, and flags advertising the new
construction with eager anticipation.
I'm really sorry, but it does look like no one's interested in
preserving this building.In fact, it looks like a detriment to the
community and almost a hoarder situation. IF it were treasured, wouldn't
it be in good repair and with a use?Everyone wants to save "cute
old buildings" or "I remember that", but unless they are not willing
to open their wallets, they don't have much say in the matter.This may seem like a pro-business conservative position, but I'm actually
a moderate liberal who knows that most older buildings are ruining areas around
them, cannot be saved in an energy-safe manner, and their best use is in photos.
Anyone who remembers the old Compton's Corner in Brigham City will know
what a "historical landmark that should be saved" can end up as...
Get some busy body elected official to make it a historical building and force
him to restore it!(I will now remove my liberal hat and go back to
minding my own business.)
Daniel Copper has given a lot to the American Fork community over the years. I
wish him the best.
The Mill may have historical significance but it's in a state of decay and
sits hidden in a residential area. Any hopes of saving/preserving it would
require huge donations with no hope of any continued self-sufficiency. Even
when it is a shame to lose bits of our past sometimes it's the right thing
to just let some things go. And who knows, AF is built out enough that maybe it
can be restored and converted into apartments.
I have always enjoyed shopping at this beautiful unique old mill. I hope the
offer to restore the mill will be kept. It is a beautiful old historical
building that is so unique. I would hate to see it disappear for something that
could be built in hundreds of other places.
Verbal commitments are sadly not worth much any more, in these days of clever
lawyers and manipulative speculators.What the buyer does with the
mill will tell us a lot about his character, even though legally he can probably
get away with doing anything he wants to,
Landmarks such as this one cannot be replaced. I hope enough people will insist
on its preservation that the developer (who will make a bundle anyway) will have
to do so.