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Laney Avenue opening starts the ball rolling in Holladay Village Center

(Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) “This is just the beginning of what is going to be a wonderful, new, vital Holladay,” said Rep. Carol Spackman Moss at the Aug. 18 ribbon cutting ceremony opening the first new street in the city’s Village Center.

The opening of the extension of Laney Avenue to 2300 East was the first major milestone for the Holladay Village road project and marks the half way point of the revitalization plan.

City employees, elected officials, planning commissioners and members of the sheriff’s and Unified Fire Authority departments were in attendance.

“I want to thank the people that are here and being part of this vision,” said Mayor Dennis Webb. “You will see extraordinary changes in this village that will be here for your lifetime and generations beyond. They will be the recipients of what you have helped create here today.”

Among the elected representatives that joined Webb at the podium were Spackman Moss, Councilmember Pat Pignanelli and Sen. Pat Jones.

“As a representative from the newest area, District 3, which was annexed into Holladay around the time this project began, we are excited to be part of the beginning and now the future,” said Pignanelli.

The project elicits mixed feelings from residents and business owners in the area. Bill Lang, a resident with an appraisal business in Holladay, has been pleased with the progress.

“They have done an impossible job of keeping this open,” said Lang. “They have done everything they say they would.”

Not everyone agreed with Lang’s positive outlook.

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