The West Jordan City Council issued itself a new set of hats Tuesday when it created a redevelopment agency - the mayor and council members acting as the board of directors.

The council-turned-RDA board then designated a 161-acre blight study area north of 70th South, with irregular boundaries extending beyond Redwood Road to the west and 13th West to the east.City Manager Ron Olson, who is also acting as the RDA's executive director, said about $2,000 will be spent on a blight study within the study area to see if it qualifies, under state specifications, for redevelopment. The study area will likely be reduced to 100 acres when a project area is identified, Olson said.

The council transferred $5,000 from the city's capital improvements budget to the RDA for seed money.

City officials were in the process of establishing an RDA and project area in 1985 when residents and business owners in the proposed study area along 78th South objected to the plan.

Development company F.C. Stangl promoted the establishment of an RDA in the current plan to facilitate improvements at the strip mall on the southwest corner of 90th South and Redwood Road, a location not in the current study area.