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Friday, August 24, 2007

Protect the Blacksmith Shop in Eden

NOTE: This is one of two important posts today. Be sure to also view the previous post regarding Property Taxes.

On Tuesday, August 28 at 4:30 PM the Ogden Valley Planning Commission will hear Zoning Petition ZP #10-07 to rezone property located at approximately 2145 N & 5500 E in Eden. This location includes the Blacksmith Shop (across the street from Eden Park).

The Blacksmith Shop is one of the few remaining buildings in Ogden Valley dating back to 1800’s and as such should be preserved. If there are citizens in the Ogden Valley that wish to assist in having the Blacksmith Shop in Eden designated as a historical landmark, now is the time to act.

The zoning petition should only be grated after receiving a specific commitment from the property owner to preserve the Blacksmith Shop as a historical building, including all the details that this commitment would entail.

If you agree with this position please e-mail or call the Ogden Valley Planning Commission before August 28 and ask them to protect the Blacksmith Shop in Eden by getting a written commitment from the owners before any rezone is granted.

Ogden Valley Planning Commission (OVPC)
You must write your e-mails to the planning clerk e-mail address and instruct her to give each Commission member a copy.

Her e-mail address is:

Regular Mail or Hand Delivery:
Mail or hand deliver your comments to:

Ogden Valley Township Planning Commission Office
Attention: Sherri Sillito, Planning department
2380 Washington Blvd. Ogden, UT 84401.

Include instructions to distribute your letter to all Ogden Valley Planning Commission members.


Sherri Sillito 801-399-8791

Remember to include your Name, and Address so they know who you are and to eliminate the possibility that your e-mail or letter would be discarded.


Valley said...
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Valley said...

The issue is much greater than saving the Blacksmith shop (which should be saved), as the petitioner needs to be able to prove that a rezone will benefit neighbors and residents. Unfortunately, he cannot prove that since he will be the only beneficiary.

That intersection is already one of the most dangerous in the valley (if not the most dangerous), and a rezone will certainly not make it safer.

Let your planning commissioners know your opposition.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone fill us in on what they might plan on using this building for? We personally love the building and its character, and would love to see it restored someday.Thanks!

Valley said...

As we recall, it was restored many years ago by then owner Wayne Pack. We are awaiting verification, but our understanding is that the property is under a sales contract contingent upon the rezone and/or conditional use permit.

As of now, we at the Forum are not sure what they have planned for the building and surrounding property.

Attend the meeting tonight and the surprise will be revealed.