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Weber County Planners Want Developer to Preserve Blacksmith Shop



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Weber County planners would like to see a 19th-century blacksmith shop in Ogden Valley preserved. It's one of the valley's oldest buildings.

A property owner would like to develop a parcel of land just over one acre in size for commercial use -- as a shopping area, perhaps with a medical or dental clinic. The property includes the blacksmith shop.

So, the Ogden Valley Planning Commission tabled the rezone petition while the property owner and planners try to work out a compromise.

Weber County planner Scott Mendoza says it seems like a good opportunity to get the blacksmith shop on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bill Flanders is an engineer representing the unidentified property owner. He says his client is interested in restoring the blacksmith shop. But he also notes that restoration and enhancement cost money.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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