Granite board hears pleas to save business

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  • Silent Observer SLC, UT
    March 2, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    JKR, this is not a matter of intransigence on Steve Smith's part. Do some research. Businesses who relocate, even a few blocks, generally cannot keep their client base and therefore go out of business. Would you prefer that the many families this business supports lose everything, to appease a few people's opinion on aesthetics? The area the business occupies is smaller than many backyards in Holladay. The school reconstruction can easily be completed without taking all these people's livelihoods.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 2, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    It worked for the Flower Patch downtown, that place really adds to the Grand America block!

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    March 2, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    Obviously those who think it is easy to just move a business have never done it. One of the first rules of business is location, location, location. Mr. Smith has built up a clientele in his area. Moving his business means TRYING to get the clientele to move with him. Second is that the government entity condemning his property is not going to give him the money he needs to move. They will give him the value THEY think is appropriate for his current property. They don't compensate him for the cost of moving equipment and tools. And they do not find him "equal" property somewhere else. If the new property in Holiday of Mill Creek cost more to purchase and modify to Mr. Smith's needs he must bare that cost himself. This is not just an easy move for him... It is survival of his business.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    March 2, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    The GSD Board is comprised of some of the finest parents around who first and foremost try to do the right thing for all concerned.....and if they say they are going to revisit the issue I can promise you....they are going to.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 2, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    If the school board actually listens to those who bothered to show up to the meeting (as reflected in their subsequent actions) it will be an amazing feat. Normally those boards have already made up their mind and hold a public hearing so they can say they have complied with the law, when they have no intention whatever of changing course. If you don't believe that, attend a public hearing about taxation sometime in any district in the state.

  • JKR Holladay, UT
    March 2, 2011 6:08 a.m.

    Mr Smith has plenty of places to go. He certainly could relocate his business in Holladay or Millcreek -- he just doesn't want to. The new Olympus high school should take priority over this man's intransigence.