Deciding the price wasn't right, the City Council has voted not to purchase a piece of land the city wanted for a museum.
The three-quarter acre property at 300 N. 200 West contains a stone barn that dates back to the 1870s. Some local historians believe that a dugout located beneath the structure could have been built by pioneer Perrigrine Sessions, who settled Bountiful in September 1847, two months after the first Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City.Though there's no proof the dugout is that of Sessions, Councilman Les Foy said the barn itself is of historical value and could be renovated into a museum that could be occupied by the Chamber of Commerce or the Bountiful Community Theatre.
Bountiful has no museum but deserves one because the town and the surrounding area were important to the survival of the early pioneers, said Foy, who is also co-chairman of the Bountiful Historical Society.
The city's Historical Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission have recommended the city purchase the property, which would then be developed by private donations. A museum also fits into the city's master plan, developed several years ago.
Foy said building a museum now would also coincide nicely with the city's centennial celebration in 1992.
But Lila Glade - who owns the lot, also known as the "Lazy B Saddlery" property - is asking for more than the appraised value of $88,500. Last December, the property was listed around $160,000, City Manager Tom Hardy said.
The city, however, will continue to negotiate with Glade in the hope of arriving at a better price, Foy said.