East Carbon continues business center renovation
As Halloween nears, the Cinco de Mayo committee in conjunction with those interested in a downtown redevelopment venture approached the East Carbon City Council for permissions to conducted two separate events at the nearly re-opened strip mall along what used to be East Carbon's Main Street. The re-development group is planning to host a spook alley and dance for local children and an adult party that would include obtaining a liquor license.
The committee along with the town's Vista Volunteers address the council to make them aware of plans for a spook alley that will be presented for Carbon County children on Oct. 18, 24 and 25.
Brian Mena, a downtown development partner, then requested that the city approve a request for a temporary liquor or event license for an adult party that would be celebrated in the same structure on Nov. 1.
Mena presented a slide show to the council which detailed the city's downtown redevelopment, their most recent plans to conduct events in the area and some problems they are running into with their parking area.
"One thing I really hope we can work together on is finding a solution to the truck parking," explained Mena. "They are using that space illegally."
Councilmember Joyce Caviness pointed out that the council had investigating moving the truck parking toward the town's transfer station but had not yet finalized any plans to do so.
The slide show given to the council detailed the previous condition of the area and the cosmetic work that has been done to re-beautify the area.
"The previous owners never had any interest in re-opening that property," said presenter Brian Mena. "In fact when they were directed by the city to clean up their property they would just cut down the trees around the outside and drag them into the building. There has really been a lot of work done."
The property owner have many plans for the store fronts including a grill and dance hall, two consignment stores, a laundry, pizzeria and a dance studio. In addition, the group is in talks with the College of Eastern Utah's The Edge radio station to install a 6,000 watt tower in the area that would allow the station to broadcast to all of Carbon and Emery County.
Currently, the station can only be picked up by conventional antennas within a one block radius of the college.
"They are currently seeking the grant money for the project," said Mena. "But the addition of the tower would allow most of Castle Valley to enjoy their radio station."
While the council had no issue with the request for a spook alley and children's dance there was more detailed conversation concerning the procurement of a liquor license by the group.
Recently during the city's "community daze" celebration an event license was granted and according to Mena things went off without a hitch.
Most on the council agreed with first event's success but did express that they would like to see the structure as a whole completely permitted in the near future.
Now that the council approved the group to seek their license, they will have to go through the strict process of obtaining another event permit from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
"We have enjoyed putting on these events," said Mena. "It is nice to see our town alive again it is our hope to continue fostering social development within our community."
The group is planning to have some areas of the business district open for the holiday season as East Carbon's downtown redevelopment continues.