Could Fort Douglas be converted into a prison or drug-treatment center? Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, a member of the House Armed Forces Committee, said the 1988 Anti Drug Abuse Act requires the secretary of defense to give priority to the conversion of unneeded bases into prisons or treatment centers. It could also be used to house the homeless, under the McKinney Homeless Act.

He said he abhors drug use but added that he felt to place such a facility in the midst of a residential area of Salt Lake City "tests the bounds of my civility.""I will oppose all attempts to turn Fort Douglas into anything but an educational and research center," Hansen said.

He said the Army will hold scoping sessions on the environmental impact of closing the fort and will request citizen comments. Dates and locations of the hearings have not been announced, he added.