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Village Center: Holladay's jewel of city may still be diamond in the rough

(Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) In the heart of Holladay lies the dream of a quaint European-style village center where residents gather, shop and live. The property plans for the southwest corner of Murray-Holladay Boulevard and 2300 East have often been described as the jewel of the city, but have also been the heart of controversy over the past six years. A second appeal has halted the $15 million project once again and the dream is on hold.

Helen Redd and Bob Neslen, former planning commissioners, have filed an appeal against the Village Center project, stating the plans have too many apartments, too few retail stores and too few parking stalls. Redd said she was "suspicious" of the consensus of the planning commission which approved the plans and questioned if they felt empowered enough to oppose the project.

"Something very strange has happened with the Holladay Village Center," Redd said. "Instead of being moderated, this project has exploded."

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