After years of fighting and negotiating, arrangements for a new Sandy Library are on track.
The city, Salt Lake County, residents living near the proposed site and the two companies owning the land all are basically satisfied with the deal that's been worked out.A 25,000-square-foot, $2.2 million library will be built at Buttercup Drive and 13th East on three acres donated by the landowners and two more purchased by the city for $40,000 an acre. Groundbreaking should take place within a year, and the branch is expected to open by late 1990 or early 1991, said library spokeswoman Evelyn Tuddenham.
A Sandy building authority will issue bonds to pay for the library, which the county will lease for about three years and then purchase. That was the compromise reached between Sandy's urgent need for more library space and the county's plans to build a new branch only when it had the cash to pay for it.
In addition to donating the three acres, landowners Magna Investment Co. and White Investment Co. have agreed to extend Sego Lily Drive through to Country Wood Drive and Petunia north from Sego Lily to Buttercup, said Herbert H. Halliday, vice president of White Investment.
The landowners, who are also developers, also have agreed in writing to take care of several concerns of residents who had opposed their plans to develop the 60 acres they own in the area of 101st South and 13th East.
John Milano, chairman of the Alta Canyon Community Council, said residents had opposed the developers' initial plans, which included high-density residential zoning.
But they've agreed to support some office and single-family residential zoning. Milano called the agreement with the two companies "a very good solution." Tuesday night, Sandy's City Council approved the negotiated rezoning.
Halliday said offices will buffer the nearby homes from the shopping center the developers own at 103rd South and 13th East.