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Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 6:15 p.m. MST

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Provo, UT

Who is kidding who, it's always been about Silicon Slopes. The jail is in a perfect location that is convenient for it's workers, law enforcement, volunteers and visitors.

Before they decide to move it, we want to know where, the cost, and how much the property will offset the cost, if any. Then it needs to be open for public comments.


Yes by all means lets have more sprawl.

Murray, UT

The rendering accompanying this article showing the development potential of the state prison property once the prison is relocated is absolutely rediculous. It is a pure pipe dream. It reminds me of the rendering for two 50 story buildings in downtown Salt Lake proposed years ago by the Saudi Arabian armsdealer/developer Adnan Khashoggi. He promised it would happen. It never did. The rendering showing the future of the state prison property tries to make us believe that this will be bigger than downtown Salt Lake City which has taken over 100 years to get to the point where it is today. If anyone really believes the state prison property will be developed in such a fashion I have that proverbial land in Florida to sell to you.

Woodland Hills, UT

What I love most is the beautiful gravel pit in the background

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

There is a big hole for the prison where the developers were developing the new Cottonwood Mall.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Those legislators involved in the real estate business can't wait to get their grubby hand on this property. I have a different idea. Move the prison and turn the entire place into a gigantic county park. A nice pond with rowboats, fishing, tons of trees. A nice little nature preserve. No buildings. Something all of us can enjoy, not just the few legislators that intend to profit from the move.

Denver to Portland
Portland, OR

Simply a pipedream for Draper

play by the rules

The world is flat society has already weighed in, but I am excited about what this means for Utah's future and economy! Those fleeing the decadence of liberal blue states will find a haven of true progress and economic activity in Utah.

Ogden, UT

Well it certainly isn't because of the age of all of the facilities there. Many of the buildings are relatively new and rebuilding a few older buildings would be cheaper than rebuilding ALL the buildings.

Nor is it because the prison is running out of room. Take a look on any satellite photo site and you will see that only about 1/4 of the land is even in use for incarceration.

If more bed space is needed, there is plenty of land all around the Gunnison prison, much of which Utah State already owns.

But if it really is about a need for land for industrial development, there is a lot more land available in the northwest corner of Draper near the Coke plant. If commercial development is a better use for corrections land than for corrections, it would be less expensive to develop Sugarhouse Park, prison land already landscaped with it's own pond, would make a great industrial development.

Orange County, CA

High density development halfway between downtown SLC and Provo makes a lot of sense. The strong north-south corridor is ideal for development along the Frontrunner line. Then reserve more parkland rather than allowing the kind of urban sprawl that is too typical of both valleys. A good master plan and strong zoning can make it happen.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Heck, I wanted to see the artist rendering of the prison out in the middle of the west desert. And I get this, go figure...

Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

Where the state prison now is at the South end of the Salt Lake Valley use to be where it was so far away from residential communities. (Previously, the state prison use to be where Sugarhouse Park is now. I should know, my great, great grandfather, Feramorz Little, was the contractor back in 'Pioneer Times' who was hired as the general contractor to build it).

I believe that moving the state prison from its current central location (along the populous Wasatch FRont) will result more and more in this condition— "I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.P —Matthew 25:43)

On a practical basis, correctional entities make it impossible enough for anyone and everyone to visit prisoners. But putting the prison in a more distant locale will make it MUCH MORE DIFFICULT and IMPOSSIBLE for families and friends to visit those whom they love who are in prison.

We need to consider much more humanitarian reasons to LEAVE the state prison RIGHT WHERE IT IS!

Salt Lake City, UT

$4,000 for drawings that are not based upon anything concrete (pardon the pun).

I think the denial that a developer/legislator will not benefit directly from the proposed sale of the land is technically true. However there is the saying that a rising tide lifts all boats, secondary gains are in the wind for all developers, the secret is to get the State to hold the bag when something goes south.

Yes people may want to leave Silicon Valley for other economic climates, but many are not keen on our version of winter with inversions. Other states can formidably bid for Silicon Valley emigrants as well.

This project should be a state-wide referendum, as there is significant money involved, and I think a tax to be levied in some form to finance, rather "invest", in this scheme to move the prison and develop the site.

IMO Rebuild the prison on site over a longer time to minimize disruption and permit new technologies in prison management to be realistically incorporated into the mix.

I remember the proposed Triad Center, we could put these drawings with them in our scrap book, pun intended.

Salt lake city, Utah

Watch your wallet. Taxpayers will get screwed and our realtor-controlled Legislature will get the profits. Only now are the truths about the charter schools profiting by lawmakers being revealed! Conflicts of interest mean nothing to good ole boys.

Holladay, UT

Oh please! A little city is going to arise on the prison site. And just look how pretty it is, with those buildings and green trees. But what happened to the ugly point-of-the-mountain gravel pit? It's conveniently covered up by some fresh snowfall. It's June in the little fantasy city and December up behind on the gravel pit.

I have been traveling to the prison to work once a month for the past 20 years. It is the windiest, dustiest place in the valley. Dont wash your car before you got there. And it is not level, anywhere.

I'm not opposed to moving the prison somewhere else, but I am offended by this pie in the sky concept of what will take its place. A far more realistic vision of this site is that it will be covered by more supplement companies, car dealers, and storage shed developments. Draper City could have saved the money spent on this fantasy.

Kearns, UT

If they do move the prison, which I do not support, then the land ought to be turned into a very large multi-use park. There are several ponds on the site that are from warm springs. My Dad used to swim in them many years ago.

We should start an initiative to get on the ballot and change the law specifically stating that any sitting member of the state government (legislature members, governor or his minions, employee) at the time the approval was given to move the prison and develop the land, cannot in any way benefit from this transfer. And if such a benefit is realized by any of them, in any way, then there are severe criminal and civil penalties for such benefit. They could go and inhabit their new prison. This would include any blind ownership, stock options, stock, or anything else in any company/entity involved in such a development/transfer. That would include construction, consulting, etc.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

May I suggest moving the prison towards the Tooele vicinity. Perhaps somewhere oputside of the Tooele Army Depot. It would still remain close to Salt Lake for court hearings, etc. and it would be a boon for the Tooele valley economy.

New to Utah

The prison relocation supporters ignore reality and push an artists depiction of a massive development similar to downtown SLC. Reality is that most of the prison is structurely sound and many of the building have thirty years of useful life. The cost multipliers of litigation,providing adequate water,epa,osha, cost overruns which are real and could make this adventure a financial boondoggle of mammoth proportions don't seem to carry any weight.The development would further strain the water shortage,increase air pollution which is a key factor in bringing companies to Utah. The location is good for families to access prisoners, for guards and other staff and for rehabilitation to take place. It is also the people of Utah's prison and they should have a voice perhaps a referendum.It has taken SLC over century to have the buildings and development it enjoys.

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

Our Wasatch Front Valley airshed has exceeded its natural carrying capacity making grandpas/ grandmas, moms/dads, children, employees and tourists sick.

Moving the prison, increasing speed limits to 85, expanding roads, expanding the SLC airport will make our air even dirtier/sicker destroying the quality of life of existing the Wasatch Front residents.

Wasatch Front air is too sick now, because of poor planning of road and water projects on the wrong land.

That we have created the dirtiest air in the highest birthing area of the nation is just plain stupid. 2 of 50 newborns are neurologically impaired (dirty air). Mass transit will not fix dirty air.

What is the point of a deluxe education, school buses/rooms with cameras, super modern buildings, and ipad students? Mothers now pull their children from schools to literally save their lives because dirty air caused by unnatural over development is unhealthy.

Kennecott wants to add 500,000 people at its Day Break development. SLC wants hundreds of more jets in the valley. Draper wants 700 acres of silcon high rises. Snowbird wants 3,000 housing units. All want more from a bowl which can’t take more development.

No more development in Wasatch Bowl. Grow elsewhere.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

+1 for Silicon slopes! Unlike some, I want Utah's economy to grow.

Businesses move every day. Yes, people are impacted. That's life. More people are impacted every day by leaving this economic anchor where it is. Personally, I've wanted for years for a move to Tooele County, outside the most populous areas. Isolation is more secure, safer, and an effective reminder for correctional behavior.

This isn't complicated.

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