WEST VALLEY JOURNAL, October 2009, by Kimberly Martinez
possible Granger Crossings’ RDA will include approximately 100
businesses and will stir redevelopment to liven up this tired business
The West Valley City Redevelopment Agency Board
authorized a study to determine if there is enough blight at Granger
Crossings, a business district on 3500 South from the I-215 overpass to
Redwood Road, to establish it as a redevelopment project area so it can
get a needed facelift.
The study was contracted to Bonneville
, although Mark Nord, West Valley City business development
manager, said he’s confident the findings will determine Granger
Crossings a perfect candidate for a RDA due to the age and condition of
many of the buildings. Following the results, the approval of the
Granite School Board is required since those tax dollars go into the
RDA for a period of 10 to 15 years to support the redevelopment.
City officials have met with the business owners to obtain feedback
about the possible RDA. Nord said they have all been optimistic even
though property owners are often leery about their property being
deemed as blighted.
“Many business owners would like to expand
but with the state of the economy, they haven’t been able to and this
will allow them to move forward,” he said.
chairman of Granger Crossings and owner of Don Antonio’s Mexican
Restaurant, believes the RDA is just what the area needs. He said
despite city efforts of providing a tool for redevelopment, not a lot
of movement has taken place. The city’s community and economic
department gives Granger Crossing’s property owners the opportunity to
apply for an improvement grant where the city will match up to $30,000
toward an improvement project as long as the business owner fronts up
50 percent of the funding. Lopez said business owners just don’t have
the initial capital to take advantage of the grant and the RDA is what
it will take to get the ball rolling to get this business district up
to par and mesh with the developments within the city.
“Granger Crossings is the gateway to the city and we have been the last
area to get attention,” Lopez said. “Now the city has finally stepped
in to help us get on the same page as other business districts. With
nice frontages, plazas and lighting, it won’t look so tired and
unappealing to customers.”
Nord agrees the Granger Crossings is in a special location and needs additional support.
“Granger Crossings is one of the city’s entrances since it’s near the
freeway connection and it hasn’t been what the city would like as an
entrance or gateway,” he said. “The RDA will begin the process in
getting it to where we would like it to be.”