Plans for a redevelopment district in south Provo are dead.
Property owners near a triangular 90-acre parcel of ground between I-15 and University Avenue were unable Tuesday to show the Provo City Redevelopment Agency they were ready to move ahead on the proposal. They were hoping the agency, made up of City Council members, would grant them a 30-day extension to work out some of the details. It did not."As far as I'm concerned today, the thing is dead," said Council Chairman Steve Clark during Thursday's council study meeting. "It's the best thing in the world for those people down there, but if they don't want it, we don't care."Clark vowed that the proposed redevelopment area "will not come back on this agenda this year."
The council plans to formally terminate the proposal in two weeks.
Ron Madsen, RDA executive director, said all but two property owners in the area were in favor of the redevelopment district.
Owners of the Laurelwood Estates Mobile Home Park and Milt Christensen, another property owner, did not consent to the proposal. Their two pieces of ground made up 40 percent of the total acreage proposed to be changed to a redevelopment area, which by state statute is enough to stop the district from being created.
"We'd still like to see some integrated development down there," Madsen said.
He said utility, storm drain and circulation problems could be better addressed if the property were developed as a whole rather than piecemeal.
There were no firm plans for the area had the redevelopment district been approved, Madsen said.
But, "we'd looked at the possibility of a shopping center. We'd looked at the possibility of extending East Bay."