Following the City Council meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Jim Davis said an emotional good-bye to his home "on and off" for the past 40 years.
After 35 years in the same location, South Salt Lake's city offices are closing Friday - moving to a new location to make way for FHP's $60 million medical complex.Beginning Monday, city employees will have a new home in the Boyer Building, 220 E. Morris Ave. All city offices except the fire department and public works will be located there.
"The move is timely because city responsibilities have just outgrown space available in city hall," Davis said. "Progress brings mixed kinds of blessings. While we are sacrificing a community resource, we are at the same time adding millions of dollars to the tax base of the community and potentially revitalizing one of our most significant neighborhoods."
Davis said the new city hall will be more centrally located to better serve the people. "We are now looking forward to the completion of the Boyer Industrial Park with the addition of two more buildings and restaurants on that site."
But change doesn't come without pain.
"Probably the hardest thing I've had to do as mayor is sell the building. It was like selling the family home," Davis said.
Davis literally grew up in the city hall at 2700 S. Main St.
His mother was a city employee when the South Salt Lake City hall was built in 1954-55 - 16 years after the city was incorporated. She worked there 18 years, often bringing son Jim to work.
Davis earned his first pennies at age 5 by stamping the city's water bill cards. At age 8, he watered the lawn and cared for the flowers around the hall. He was elected to the city council in 1976, and two years later became mayor.
He still remembers the building as the place residents always came to get immunizations. "When I walk in the building I can still smell the rubbing alcohol."
Along with the city offices, the library and chamber of commerce will also relocate in the Boyer Industrial Park, as will the Senior Citizen's Center.
The pavilion behind the old city hall has been disassembled and will likely be reassembled in the Community Park. Likewise, the tennis courts will be built in a different location.
It's unknown if the Boyer Industrial Park will be the permanent home for South Salt Lake City offices. Plans to build a new city hall are still being discussed.