Comments about ‘$1.5B City Creek Center on schedule for March 22 opening’

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Published: Friday, Jan. 27 2012 11:26 p.m. MST

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Diamond Pistol
SANDY, UT

This project is going to put Salt Lake City on the map to compete with the rest of the western cities in so many ways. I am looking forward to it's opening.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

Fitting that this project, which has and will continue to have a huge impact on SLC, opens in Spring.

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I look forward to visiting the Center shortly after it's opening. It was a smart move to schedule the opening in mid/late March. I'm sure it will be packed during April conference.

shaun_
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Okay I still do not get how the LDS church got the money to build this mall. Members who I have talked to say no tithing money was used so where did they get the billions of dollars to build it?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: shaun_ | 8:34 p.m. Jan. 28, 2012
"so where did they get the billions of dollars to build it?"

Funding came from the taxable commercial arm of the LDS Church. Just one example is Deseret Ranches which is the largest cow-calf ranch in the United States. It is 450 square miles in size, and is a for profit operation that is not a normal part of the humanitarian efforts of the LDS Church.

I thought everybody understood that tithing funds cannot be used in commercial ventures.

bebot
SHAWNEE MISSION, KS

In my opinion the church is doing a great thing to revitalize downtown and I'm very excited to see the mall. I like many others would like to see a change in the priorities of church spending. This is what order I would prefer.
1. Church/temple building and operations(including janitors for buildings, members already donate enough time)
2. International Humanitarian aid.(this mall cost double the amount of money the church has donated over the last 30 years) the led church could almost stop starvation in afrixa with its funds.
3. Missionary work
4. education

ouisc
Farmington, UT

I must admit, City Creek is well-done. I applaud the LDS church for their coordination of this project. Integrating living with business and commercial interests right downtown is ingenuous.

This project has had a huge impact on the Utah economy during a very difficult time, nationally.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

My only concern is traffic flow. As one who comes into downtown from the north frequently, I've noticed traveling from the Capital to 100 South keeps taking longer and longer. TRAX and the closing of Main Street have had huge impacts on congestion in this area, and we've done little to deal with existing traffic issues, let alone, the additional traffic issues that will arise with more business and more residents in City Creek.

I support City Creek and public transportation, and the Main Street Plaza is beautiful. But sooner or later, we're going to have to discuss traffic flow!

rickdoctor
Chandler, AZ

I don't understand the massive amounts of money expended for retail shopping locations -- which simply says to the average person to spend-spend-spend, and often to spend beyond means and to spend on credit -- both of which situations have helped lead to the massive government and personal debts situations in this country (as well as the copycat other nations of the world, who are in similar dire straights from excessive borrowing). We simply cannot seem to differentiate between 'spending for necessities' and 'spending for luxuries which are not needs'. Our society simply preaches to spend, not matter on what, and no matter if you have that money as totally 'disposable' when it is to be spent on luxuries. (And I include as a luxury such things as upgrading the size of your TV, your computer, your vehicle, your house, your wardrobe, your jewelry, when you have fully functionable items already.)...just sayin' we are fixin' for another crash if we don't learn nothin'...

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

@shaun,

Back in the 1920's, a wealthy LDS benefactor contributed moneys to an endowment for the LDS church. This endowment is a separate entity from the Tithing side of the church. That endowment has been invested ever since. They continue to grow that investment with projects like City Creek Mall. This entity is a separate corporation of the church which makes profits and pays TAXES like any other business in the US. Profits from this investment pay the stipends that SOME LDS top leadership receive. Hence it's entirely true that tithing does not pay stipends.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

it takes revenue generating projects to fund many of the other activities that the Church operates. why is it that the ones that don't think the church is appropriately using revenues and tithing are usually the ones that don't volunteer or tithe?
bebot, I think that those running the affairs of the church have a much better handle on what needs to be done and what the priorities of the church should be. it isn't up to members or others to make that call.

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