On June 19, at their regular public hearing, our county commissioners reviewed the zoning change for three acres adjacent to Wheeler Historic Farm. This property at 975 E. 6600 South was originally planned for inclusion in the farm. Mr. Horiuchi, bless him, moved to continue consideration until the July 17 meeting at 8:30 a.m.
Most of us are familiar with Wheeler Farm where we can see how the pioneers lived. It is a joy to walk along 6600 South from Little Cottonwood Creek west to the corner of 900 East and see the land virtually unchanged. Near the corner is a farmhouse older than Wheeler farmhouse and we can see what an agricultural neighborhood was like in the late 1800s. This historic open space is endangered, but Horiuchi has given us an 11th hour reprieve.Homestead Village, based in Santa Fe, N.M., has requested a zoning change that would enable them to build a motel visible from the farmhouse at Wheeler.
This small three-acre parcel and the one west of it have been used only for farming since pioneer times. Let's use this breathing room that Mr. Horiuchi has provided to express our needs for open space and historic preservation. Please write to our commissioners Mary Callaghan, Randy Horiuchi, Brent Overson, Chairman, 2001 S. State N2100, Salt Lake City, UT 84190-1000.
The commissioner's approval of the zoning change is the last step in the permit process. Now is the final chance to save this piece of history in our state's centennial year.
Thanks to all who helped make Wheeler a reality in 1976, and to all you readers.
Salt Lake City