Historic Star Mill owner sells property; future of mill in question

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  • SandyofOrem Orem, UT
    March 13, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    To the developer: Please preserve the historic American Form Mill! It is a treasure and fun to see a glimpse of the past. Especially if you gave your word to Dan the building should be saved.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Never sign a contract if what you want in that contract is not in writing. Syanora to the mill. Sad.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    From the story it appears the developer allegedly made a verbal contract but didn't want to put it into writing - Danger Will Smith!

    Whether or not the old building can be saved, and for what purpose is an issue. But the owner was not very wise to believe a person who would not put the offer in writing.

    There is a segment of our society that likes to see images and buildings from our past kept alive and in our present day. Sometimes that is not possible.

    To me it is sad the owner had to sell his property, and it is sad the developer acted in, what appears from the narrative, a less than above board manner.

    On the up side, if demolished the site could be the home to some quality structures, designed and built by the same type quality people who bought the site for development. they run in packs you know.

    I await the balloons, banners, and flags advertising the new construction with eager anticipation.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    I'm really sorry, but it does look like no one's interested in preserving this building.

    In fact, it looks like a detriment to the community and almost a hoarder situation. IF it were treasured, wouldn't it be in good repair and with a use?

    Everyone wants to save "cute old buildings" or "I remember that", but unless they are not willing to open their wallets, they don't have much say in the matter.

    This may seem like a pro-business conservative position, but I'm actually a moderate liberal who knows that most older buildings are ruining areas around them, cannot be saved in an energy-safe manner, and their best use is in photos.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Anyone who remembers the old Compton's Corner in Brigham City will know what a "historical landmark that should be saved" can end up as...

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 11, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    Get some busy body elected official to make it a historical building and force him to restore it!

    (I will now remove my liberal hat and go back to minding my own business.)

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    Daniel Copper has given a lot to the American Fork community over the years. I wish him the best.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    The Mill may have historical significance but it's in a state of decay and sits hidden in a residential area. Any hopes of saving/preserving it would require huge donations with no hope of any continued self-sufficiency. Even when it is a shame to lose bits of our past sometimes it's the right thing to just let some things go. And who knows, AF is built out enough that maybe it can be restored and converted into apartments.

  • One opinion west jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    I have always enjoyed shopping at this beautiful unique old mill. I hope the offer to restore the mill will be kept. It is a beautiful old historical building that is so unique. I would hate to see it disappear for something that could be built in hundreds of other places.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    Verbal commitments are sadly not worth much any more, in these days of clever lawyers and manipulative speculators.

    What the buyer does with the mill will tell us a lot about his character, even though legally he can probably get away with doing anything he wants to,

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    March 11, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Landmarks such as this one cannot be replaced. I hope enough people will insist on its preservation that the developer (who will make a bundle anyway) will have to do so.