Jim and Carol Laub Plaza

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2024 Laub Plaza Valentine's Skate Night

History

In the summer of 2018, the city hosted a public visioning meeting about downtown. A plaza with amenities and activities emerged as the top-ranked priority. That dream is a reality. 

For a century and a half, the site has been the heart of downtown and a place for people to gather. During an era of wood sidewalks and dirt roads in the late 1800s, customers would tie their horse to a hitching post as they picked up a harness at McAlister & Sons or bought lumber at the U.O.M. & B. Company.  Next door, The United Order Manufacturing and Building Company was a constant hub of activity.

The early 1900s brought a markedly different streetscape of sidewalks, improved roads, trolleys, and automobiles, with a scene even more vibrant than before. Throngs of people gathered alongside the buildings to watch the Jim Bridger Days Parade in 1924.

Building facades and the businesses behind them continued to evolve. The castle-like Campbell & Morrell Clothing and Union Mercantile building, which later became the J.C. Penney Company in 1926, was altered to a box-like, mid-century look.

The introduction of malls in the late 20th century had many downtown retailers relocating north to the Cache Valley Mall, prompting the owners to convert the former Penney’s building into a ‘mini mall’, of sorts. With a mix of unique shops and a restaurant on the top floor, the Emporium, as it was called, opened in 1976 and would later be anchored by the Copper Mill Restaurant which enjoyed a nearly 30-year run from 1986 to 2014.

The departure of the Copper Mill left that property nearly empty, and adjacent retail struggled as well. It was a cluster of nearly vacant buildings in the heart of downtown, right across from the historic Tabernacle. After the success of the Center Street renovation, and with a vision for a revitalized Downtown, the Mayor and members of the City Council worked together on the design and funding for a new City Plaza.  Generous donors helped add extra amenities.

The Plaza, located at 55 North Main Street, Logan, Utah, opened to the public in the spring of 2024. It is programmed with activities year-round. The outdoor stage will feature a wide variety of entertainment. A splash pad/water feature will provide summer fun for those getting wet or simply choosing to sip a soda while enjoying the activity. During the winter, visitors can enjoy the ice-skating rink or gather around the fire pits while watching the plaza lights and views of the historic Tabernacle.

Mayor Holly H. Daines and the City of Logan, along with all its generous donors and supporters, invite you to come experience the Plaza. Come see why it’s the place to be!