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Provo neighbors rally against developer's planned community of the future

Provo neighbors rally against developer's planned community of the future (Photo: Daniel Woodruff / KUTV)

(KUTV) People in Provo turned out in force to protest a plan that would transform their neighborhood.

Residents in the Pleasant View neighborhood, located near the BYU football stadium and Marriott Center, rallied Thursday against David Hall and his idea of creating a community capable of housing thousands of people.

"He is probably one of the most delusional people I've ever heard of," said Linda Gleason, a longtime resident.

"It's a commune," added her husband, Steve Gleason, of Hall's idea. "It's not innovative. It's not new."

Hall, a Provo businessman, is quickly buying up houses in the Pleasant View area. He hopes to tear them down and build something inspired by the teachings of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

"Long term, it needs to change to something else," said Hall of the neighborhood that he grew up in.

His project is called the NewVistas Foundation. His plan would combine residential, commercial, and industrial space into a community that could house many more people. Living space would be minimal -- around 200 square feet -- and everything would be within walking distance, Hall said.

"Your schools would be there, you'd to go church there, you'd have dinners there," said Hall. "It's really community centered."

So far Hall owns around 20 houses in Pleasant View, and he hopes to purchase 50 or 60 more.

Hall is also pursuing similar goals in south Provo and Vermont.

Neighbors in Pleasant View say they won't let his goal become reality in their area.

"We're more of a traditional style neighborhood that would like to preserve that for our kids, our grandkids, and generations to come," said Linda Gleason.

Paul Evans, the neighborhood chairman, said Hall's efforts are hurting people who live there.

"They don't know what's going to happen in the future because of his efforts," Evans said. "That's where the harm is."

Hall said the neighbors have valid concerns, but he continues to move forward with his plan. He believes that as times change, so will attitudes.

"We'll just patiently consolidate the area so that it can have a greater purpose long term," Hall said.

Even if he is able to buy up all the homes, Hall would have to get city approval to re-zone the area for his planned community.

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