$7.5M Real deal still in place for athletic complex despite delays

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  • avante salt lake city, ut
    Dec. 19, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    The bond passed by 2% and was not site specific. This is a tournament hosting facility. While the complex may help some of the current Salt Lake City field shortage, is is NOT an open play complex.

    The smart thing would be to build the complex at a location for a reasonable burden on the tax paying citizens while being a proper steward to the land to which it is entrusted and to uphold the city's previously made commitment to Blueprint Jordan River.

    Few people have a clue about the actual location Becker wants to build on, or have walked in the fields, or experienced just what is at stake. It's so much more than just some fields. (Don't forget that building the complex at the present requested location will displace others who do recreation that is compatable with the area as is, including children.)

    Build the complex elsewhere and save the overburdened Salt Lake City taxpayers some cash while preserving some natural area within the city. Win. Why is that so hard?

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 17, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    I'll never understand why we allow these minority enviornmental groups to have such a loud voice. If the majority of the public wants the complex, then it should be built. These fringe groups that throw a monkey wrench into the whole process only increase the cost to each and every taxpayer. (Legacy Parkway anyone?)

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    other, you don't know what you're talking about. There was never any kind of committment on the part of the "soccer community" (whatever that nebulous organization you just invented is) to raise any money - this was purely a deal between the city, the voters, and RSL. All three parties held up their end of the bargain....and then Salt came in with his made-up list of excuses and derailed the whole thing.

    Please research your viewpoints before commenting - I'm afraid people will read what you wrote and think that it is fact.

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    Actually, the delays in the project were caused by the failure of the soccer community and the state and the city. When the bond passed in 2003, the soccer community agreed to raise $7.5 million as its part to match the city's $14 million commitment. However, the soccer community failed to raise a cent and instead waited several years to get the Salt Lake Real to agree to chip in the full $7.5 million taking the soccer community off the hook. In return, Salt Lake Real was able to use Salt Lake City tax money to build its stadium in Sandy. So, this delayed the prject by about three years.

    The second big delay was the negotiations between the state and the city for the land adjacent to the Jordan River. These negotiations went on as the state continued to reduce the land available as it expanded its ATV adjacent playground. As a result, the land was not turned over to the city until about mid-2009 and at that point the city was able to start to plan to build its "sports complex" which is now only a soccer complex.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 6:20 a.m.

    The city should counter-sue the JRRN for causing delays and increasing the cost of the project. The people behind the JRRN are preventing our children from having a place to develope physical skills and participate in team activities that will benefit the community.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves, JRRN!!!!!