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DRAPER — After losing the fight against a proposed Harmon's supermarket, residents near the future store site hope to at least minimize the impact to their neighborhood.

Most important, residents of the Camden Park subdivision want assurance that they can sleep without bright lights shining through their windows or trucks unloading in the middle of the night.

"The very least Draper can do is to minimize the impact these trucks will have on us," resident Paul Vanderwerff said. "They need to make dang sure we don't have to listen to them making deliveries all night."

Harmon's will present its proposed site plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission during Thursday night's meeting, and the commission will hold a public hearing. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

In a letter to Draper city, Dama Barbour, director of real estate for the architectural firm Prescott Muir, said that while the new shopping center will not "provide the same farm look that the neighbors have enjoyed in the past, it will clean up the entrance of Draper and the neighborhood."

The impact to nearby houses has been considered, Barbour said, and the store has made some concessions. For example, it would not object to having limited delivery hours. Landscaping has been adapted to reduce the visual impacts the shopping center may cause.

"Clearly, there will be some impacts by this development," Barbour said. "Harmon's has made every effort to lessen the negative impact."

The new store will probably provide about $400,000 in sales tax revenue, and surrounding businesses — such as video stores, a gas station and restaurants — could mean an additional $200,000 in revenue. While that money is attractive, the planning difficulties have forced city leaders into a delicate balancing act, Deputy City Manager Eric Keck said.

The proposed store would face 11400 South, with a drive-up pharmacy window facing 700 East, a plan that runs counter to the Draper Conservation Area Plan. That plan includes a number of guidelines for businesses along 700 East that will create a welcoming gateway for the city.

Camden Park resident Sheri Lewis said residents do not oppose more business in Draper, or even some sort of commercial property on the lot where Harmon's wants to build. What they do not want is a giant, round-the-clock operation less than 50 yards from their back yards.


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