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OREM FLIPS ZONING TO GET ALBERTSONS

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Orem's City Council is putting up with a little "flip-flopping" of land-use zones in order to see a new Albertsons store go in on 1600 North and 585 West.

The hope is that the new store will revitalize the Orem/Lindon shopping area, depressed since Macey's grocery store abandoned its building there.Ed Stout, director of development services for Orem, explained that in November 1992, the council was asked to change the land use on the property from "community shopping" to "medium density residential."

That change would have provided for the construction of Northwood Apartments with eight units.

However, this week, the owner of the property, Bruce Van Horn, representing Western Regional Properties, asked that the land use designation be changed back to community shopping.

"The Planning Commission is very supportive because they felt it would revitalize the area," said Stout.

Stout said Western Regional Properties proposes to upgrade and expand the old Macey's store and put Albertsons in as a tenant.

To do so, the property to the north of the old Macey's must be available.

"The market demand is for a bigger store than what has been possible in the existing store."

"The flip-flopping bothers me some," said Mayor Stella Welsh.

Van Horn apologized for the number of changes. He said several proposals have been made for development of the area and that some have been frustrated.

The council voted to approve the zone change.