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BUILDER BUYS 2 MANTI BLOCKS, PLANS TO DEVELOP SUBDIVISION

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Jay Cluff Construction, a local building and land development firm, has purchased two vacant blocks in this city's southwest quadrant and will develop a subdivision on the property.

The property, city blocks 12 and 13, at 300 West and 500 South, contains eight acres. Tentative plans for 24 building lots in the subdivision, Jay Cluff, president of the firm, said.The two blocks were purchased from the South Sanpete School District for an undisclosed amount. The district had previously purchased them from private owners as the site for a new elementary school.

However, the district changed its plans and built the school on a site nearer the center of town and offered the property for sale.

Grant money had assisted the school district in acquiring the property.

The sale to Cluff Construction was financially favorable to the district, Paul Gottfredson, district business administrator, said. Shortly after purchasing the property, the district erected a metal storage building on Block 12.

The terms of the contract with Cluff Construction provide that the building will continue to belong to the district and will be moved to a concrete pad provided by Cluff on the Manti High School campus at no cost to the district.

City Council members hailed the transactions as a step forward because a subdivision on the two blocks would ease a housing shortage, enlarge the tax base and increase the market for utilities.