Living next door to LDS Hospital is a lot like living next to the Jolly Green Giant, a Salt Lake City councilwoman says, but the hospital and neighborhood residents have at least reached agreement over a recent squabble.
Councilwoman Sydney Fonnesbeck and the Avenues Community Council were upset over hospital plans to build an expanded office complex in the middle of one of the city's oldest residential areas.But the hospital changed several plans at the behest of the neighborhood at a city Board of Adjustment meeting Monday - eliminating a number of variances sought by the hospital, including one that would have permitted the new addition to extend over a lot line of a home owned by the hospital.
"I think they've tried to be a good neighbor," Fonnesbeck said. "But it's kind of like having the Jolly Green Giant as a good neighbor," she said, adding residents are forever unsure what the massive hospital's next development plans are.
The Board of Adjustment Monday conditionally approved the hospital's request for variances allowing an underground parking structure to extend 10 feet into a rear yard setback, and another allowing a small height variance.