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MANTI ATTEMPTING TO EASE SHORTAGE OF OFFICE SPACE

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This city is undertaking two building projects in an attempt to meet a critical shortage of office space for government agencies and private business.

The city has agreed to pay SLM Custom Cabinets $8,200 for alterations on the second floor of the city building to provide an office suite for a state agency now occupying temporary quarters.And the city is approaching the Community Impact Board for a $800,000 loan to help construct an office building with a Main Street frontage.

The proposed one-story building would be constructed between the Manti Health Care Clinic and the Old Town Hall on city-owned land. The 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot building would provide room for several office suites.

The revenue bond issue would be paid off from rental income.

At a public hearing on the office building project, George Winn, administrator of the Intermountain Health Care-operated Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and the Manti Clinic, expressed concern about the proposed office building location regarding parking and possible expansion of the clinic.

Mayor Kent Larsen responded that the city's architect has taken these concerns into account in developing the preliminary plans for the office building and will work closely with IHC representatives in making whatever accommodations seem necessary.

City recorder Bill Mickelson said that office space in Manti is now at a premium because of the expansion of government services in the area and business growth.

"As the county seat," Mickelson said, "we feel an obligation to meet the need. In addition we keep getting inquiries from businesses who are considering opening a branch here. We certainly don't want to have to turn a legitimate prospect away."