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Residents appeal Village Center plans

(Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) Despite a formal appeal filed by neighboring residents against proposed Village Center plans, Holladay City officials upheld the planning commission's conceptual approval for the site.

The proposed project, passed by the planning commission on Nov. 4, includes a three-story structure on the corner of 2300 East and Murray-Holladay Boulevard which will include a retail component on the first floor with luxury apartments above. The focal point planned on the corner of the building will be a clock tower overlooking a plaza and water feature below.

"We should not let the desire to get what is perfect destroy the ability to get what is good," said Council member Lynn Pace at the Dec. 10 city council meeting before he cast his vote against the appeal. "This project is very good for the city of Holladay."

The appellant's main concerns were the lack of parking, too many apartments and not enough commercial space.

Resident and retired city engineer Victor Roblez said the Village Center plans were a "blueprint for failure" and residents should "avoid it like the plague" during the public comments portion of the Dec. 3 city council meeting. Robles continued to say the proposed housing above the ground-level shops and restaurants would only be a "glorified apartment complex."

The council listened to public comments, with many residents speaking in support of the appellants, Clark and Holly Richards, Debbie and Sal Petilos and Robin Hough.

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