Plans for the LDS Church's City Creek Center development no longer include Dillard's.

City Creek Reserve Inc., a development arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, unveiled modified plans for the 20-acre downtown project during an open house Thursday night at the City-County Building.

The new plans, which will be presented to the Salt Lake City Planning Commission Dec. 12, call for additional residential units and more space for restaurants and retailers but leave no room for Dillard's.

The department store had been slated to join Nordstrom and Macy's as anchors to the project but was bumped after developers — reacting to concerns expressed by the public, City Council and Planning Commission — decided to realign the project's portion of Regent Street, leaving insufficient space for the planned Dillard's store.

Dillard's had been proposed to be located on 100 South, just east of the historic Deseret/First Security Bank building. Those plans wouldn't have aligned Regent Street across 100 South and also would have created grade-elevation problems along 100 South, said Dale Bills, City Creek Reserve Inc. spokesman.

"One of the things we heard (during the public process) was line up Regent Street if you can," Bills said.

By doing that, the project could no longer accommodate the footprint for the proposed 150,000-square-foot Dillard's store. CCRI officials call losing Dillard's as a third anchor disappointing but necessary.

The plans now call for a residential tower in that space, as well as retail space along the Regent Street extension that developers envision as a grouping of restaurants.

"We expect that will be complementary to Regent Street as it passes south toward the Gallivan Center," Bills said.

The Regent Street extension also will connect with State Street on the east side of the block. A yet-to-be-determined "mini-anchor" store will wrap around the Deseret/First Security building on the northeast corner of 100 South and Main Street.

"All of those adjustments, all of those enhancements to the plan give us the opportunity to be responsive to public comment," Bills said.

The modified plans call for the residential tower on 100 South to be 255 feet tall, which will require conditional-use approval. The city permits maximum building heights of 100 feet in that area, said Joel Paterson, planning program supervisor.

The tower would add another 135 residential units to the project, bringing the total to 674, said Bill Williams, CCRI director of architecture and engineering.

The public will be invited to comment on the changes during the Dec. 12 Planning Commission meeting. No decisions will be made at the meeting.

The $1 billion-plus City Creek Center project will bring a mix of residences, retailers and office space downtown.

The development will cover three downtown blocks, complete with six acres of landscaped open space, including man-made streams representing the historic south fork of City Creek that ran through downtown when pioneers first arrived in 1847.

City Creek Center is a private venture of the LDS Church, meaning no taxpayer money is being used. Tithing dollars from LDS Church members also will not be used, officials have said. The project is being developed with funding from other real-estate projects of the LDS Church.

City Creek Center is scheduled to be completed in mid-2011.


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