A report due out this week that will outline options for possible future development of four 19th century Brigham Young Academy buildings won't be unveiled for another two to three weeks.
A seven-member task force appointed in January by Mayor Joe Jenkins to study potential alternatives for the nearly century-old campus is working on its first draft of the report, said Jenkins' executive administrator Raylene Ireland.The committee, which was asked to examine issue related to the possible destruction or renovation of the academy buildings, hopes to present its final draft to Jenkins within two weeks, Ireland said.
The mayor is expected to make the report public after studying it.
Task force members have been meeting weekly to interview and hear presentations from dozens of people who have development proposals for the rundown and boarded-up stone structures.
The task force has not allowed reporters to attend its meetings and members have remained tightlipped about data that has been gathered and the draft report.
Jenkins originally hoped the group could deliver its report within six to eight weeks, ending in mid-March. But the committee later asked that the limit be extended to the end of March. Now it appears two or three more weeks will pass before the report is delivered, Ireland said.
Task force chairman Merrill Bushnell has said the delay does not signal any problems, but indicates the group's desire to do a thorough study of the issues.
Ireland said Collier Heinz & Associates, the Salt Lake real estate investment firm that owns the property, has granted the task force the additional time it needs to complete the report.
A company spokesman has said Collier Heinz isn't sure what to do with the buildings, but both demolition and renovation are options.
The company purchased the buildings in 1975 from Brigham Young University and over the next 12 years the property changed hands a number of times. But developers were never able to put together a project.
When former no-down real estate guru Robert Allen defaulted last year on his 1984 purchase, Collier Heinz foreclosed on the mortgage.