'It's time': Salt Lake leaders launch plan to develop area near new prison

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2016 7:34 p.m.

    @ Allegheny, Meadville-

    "The GSL will never raise to those levels again."

    Recently the environmentalists have been bemoaning the fact that the GSL is at near record lows, about the same as circa 1870s (IIRC), blaming global warming and all that. They ignore that the 1980s record high levels came after huge population growths in Utah, and well into the period where "global warming" was supposed to be taking place. The GSL may reach the 4200' level again.

    Meanwhile, in your town of Meadville the French Creek floods out the 5th Ward every couple of years and the locals seem surprised every time. Best stick to your own water problems and let Utahns worry about the Great Salt Lake.

  • Allegheny MEADVILLE, PA
    Dec. 6, 2016 11:59 a.m.

    Weston Jurney, The GSL will never raise to those levels again. We keep so much water out the lake it would take a decade of historic rainfall to get it back to were it was before the pioneers came.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 6, 2016 10:16 a.m.

    Perhaps the City is thinking --

    The STATE is insisting on moving the prison no matter what,
    they are obviously are willing to pay WHATEVER it takes,
    tax-payers are dumb enough to keep re-electing them no matter what they [the State Legislators] do,
    The City must be going - Why not stiff the STATE for the absolute maximum amount they possibly can, ....and then some?

    my opinion, 2nd guessing - but If "I" was a city official,
    that is what I would do...

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2016 10:08 a.m.

    Public money going toward what will eventually be massive private profit. The Utah way - the way of contemporary capitalism - sometimes called crony capitalism which is of course redundant.

  • Fitz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2016 9:35 a.m.

    A decade or so ago, there was an entity that owned the property that Rio Tinto owns today. This entity took a development plan to Salt Lake City. It was quite a large mixed-use development. And then it died, and the entity sold it to Rio Tinto, who has so far done nothing with it. There was, and is today, water tables, wet lands, excessive costs of infrastructures, and other items. It is costing the State $100 Million+- to just make the land use able for the prison.

    The City has hope, but it will be very costly, and large parcels will be left was wet lands. The users will really love the mosquitos.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2016 10:47 p.m.

    I went out to that site some time back. Had my GPS set to show me elevations. That area is below 4170' in altitude. The Great Salt Lake historically has risen as high as 4200'.

    Can anybody besides me see a problem there?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2016 9:59 p.m.

    Making lemonade out of lemons, it seems. However, it also seems to be wishful thinking about a way to attract more business so they can tax them to support Salt Lake City's high spending habits.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2016 9:38 p.m.

    Some should be left for open spaces, walking and bike trails, trees and vegetation that will help to take in the carbon dioxide in the valley and give off oxygen. Also, businesses that won't be a heavy drain on the water supply since we do live in a desert. Small businesses could be good. Looking at what just happened in Oakland it shouldn't be a mini silicon valley to drive housing costs out of sight. Food farms and farmers markets would be nice there. With 10,000 seniors retiring every day in our country some could be used for "affordable" housing geared to seniors needs. There could be walking trails and a park around that to encourage exercise and activity. There could also be cultural and educational venues as part of a mixed use community. It should be mixed use that is high on walkability in the way it is designed.