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2 PROJECTS PUT ON HOLD IN FARMINGTON

Two projects were tabled Thursday by the Farmington Planning Commission, one put on hold until an old rock building can be analyzed and one sidetracked by road and drainage problems.

Gunther Popp's bid to build a multi-unit complex on a lot at 200 South and 200 East is being held up by a rock building that may be one of the city's oldest houses.The stone structure in the middle of the lot may be the old Steed homestead and could date back to 1852. It is currently being looked at to determine its origin and historic significance.

Popp originally wanted to build an eightplex on the lot but Thursday asked the planning commissioners about various other possibilities, ranging from a sixplex to two duplexes.

He is willing to work around the old building if it is determined it has historic value, but Popp isn't too happy about it.

Told by the commmissioners he needs to return with more detailed plans and architectural renderings of how the project will blend into the neighborhood, Popp joked he might tear the old stone building down to get the Farmington rock that the city requires on commercial building facades.

The planning commission was not amused by the levity, although Chairman David Dixon, an architect, told Popp that if the building does have historic value, preserving it makes Popp eligible for certain financial and tax incentives.

The other project tabled is a proposed nine-lot subdivision in west Farmington at 250 South and 650 West.

Developer Stan Smoot was told he needs to come up with a drainage and more-detailed street plan for the area to tie in with ones being drawn up by the city.

Drainage and groundwater are serious problems in the area, residents told the commissioners during a public hearing.

"What do you use for storm-water detention now?" one commissioner asked.

"Basements," said resident Dan Bender, who said he's spent upwards of $10,000 on berms, ditches and other ways to keep his basement dry.