City officials initiated a study Thursday to determine if the Gate-way area is blighted.

The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, voted to conduct the study that will help officials determine whether projects planned in the area qualify for redevelopment funds.The blight study is the first step in deciding whether the city will spend money to rehabilitate the area between 1000 South and North Temple and I-15 and 300 West.

The study will coincide with the master planning process of the area. RDA officials plan to hear the results of the study, which will look at the condition of buildings, landscaping and infrastructure, later this summer.

The proposed Gateway area is one of the projects that has grown out of the state's I-15 reconstruction. Its plans include shortening viaducts and consolidating railroad tracks and stations.

The city's Planning Division held an open house for the residents and business owners of that area Monday and Thursday and felt feedback on the proposed plans was positive.

Some business owners were concerned about their property values and changes in use of surrounding property. Others feared having a blight designation would be used only to condemn and take property.

Several said they support changes in the area, which is criss-crossed by railroad tracks and via-ducts.

The city has hired a consultant to help with the master planning of the Gateway project, and the possibility of creating an RDA project has been discussed for several months.