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Kaysville part of state’s Main Street Program

Jan 06, 2022 11:23AM ● By Becky Ginos

Part of the Kaysville City Master Plan is Main Street revitalization. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

KAYSVILLE—The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) has launched its Utah Main Street Program and Kaysville is one of several communities across the state that will be part of the new initiative.

“We’re looking at Main Street revitalization,” said Kaysville City Manager Shayne Scott. “We want to make it more walkable. We’d like to add a crossing signal mid block where the Kaysville theater is.”

The Main Street Program is part of the Main Street America initiative aiming to revitalize a community’s appearance, economy and image of their downtown commercial districts, according to Go Utah.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this program that provides a framework and resources to support a community’s unique heritage,” Nan Anderson, director of the Utah Main Street Program and rural outreach manager said in a statement. “This program honors what makes a community unique and focuses on what makes it a great place to live and visit.”

Participating communities are classified on a tiered framework according to their ability and interest in developing their Main Street. Kaysville is in the Engaged – Tier 1 category.

“We’d like to get Main Street cleaned up a little bit,” Scott said. “We see Bountiful’s Main Street and we’d like to look a little more like that.”

The Main Street Program will open doors to funding designation, he said. “That will go a long way with UDOT. UDOT has the right of way so we can’t make any substantial changes without UDOT. They’ve been a great partner.”

Scott said the stretch of road from 200 North to Hwy 89 is UDOT’s responsibility. “They plow the road and it's always maintained by UDOT. They got the light in on Nicholls Road.”

Residents will often call to ask about putting a sidewalk along the road, he said. “Or they’ll wonder why we don’t repair or fix something but we have to tell them that UDOT has the right of way so we can’t do anything without permission.”

The new Community Development Director and other city leaders will meet in the coming weeks to decide what the Main Street project will look like, said Scott. “We’ll have a clearer idea of what to do and what funding to go after.”

It should be really exciting, he said. “There will be some big changes as we wrap up the general plan. We’ll wait for the new city council to look it over.”