The Mt. Pleasant Main Street Project, in conjunction with the Sanpete County Heritage Council, has received a grant to study the feasibility of opening a student-run technology center in the city's downtown.
The center would include a laser tag facility, computers with Internet access, video games and other technology. Students from North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy would manage the business and serve on a board of directors.The center would be a gathering place for local teens, said Monte Bona, a member of the Mt. Pleasant City Council and Sanpete County Heritage Council. The city and heritage council are working to have many areas of downtown Mt. Pleasant declared historic districts, including Pleasant Street Park at Historic Creek, a popular spot for teens.
Technology clubs from North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy are expected to assist in developing the center.
"We are putting the project together to allow students to learn how to use this technology and run a business simultaneously, while providing something useful for the community," said Steve Malan, a teacher at North Sanpete High School.
Future plans call for expanding the center to include a restaurant and area where dances and other community events for youths could be held.
The $2,500 grant to study the feasibility of the center is a local economic initiative grant from the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development. In addition, Mt. Pleasant City and the heritage council are working with the U.S. West Foundation to provide a $10,000 grant to purchase computers and other equipment for the center, as well as cover infrastructure costs.