State committee to discuss unfreezing Road Home funds, possible sale of downtown shelter

With new security in place after harsh audit, Road Home may get the rest of its money

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  • Makid Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 10:35 a.m.

    If a new Shelter is needed, it will end up further South.

    Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and Midvale are all locked and cannot have another Shelter/Resource Center located in their City.

    Murray, Sandy, and Draper are available on the Blue line.
    West Valley is available on the Green line.
    West Jordan and South Jordan are available on the Red line.

    Above are the Cities remaining along Trax qualify for a shelter/center.

    The State could expand the transit option to include FrontRunner. This would open up Davis and Utah Counties. It would also then exclude Ogden from the list.

    With the plans by the State to extend Trax to Herriman, Riverton, Bluffdale and through the current Prison site to the current Blue line and then to Utah County to Lehi and down to Orem. As well as to double track and electrify FrontRunner to have it run every 15 minutes. All by 2030.

    This will provide multiple locations that will qualify for future shelter/resource centers along the Wasatch Front going forward. So we don't have to worry about it all being close to Downtown for too long.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 7, 2018 10:24 p.m.

    DN Subscriber, You say "I see lots of opportunities for tax payers to get hosed...." You are correct, but you should have said "I see how the tax payers are getting hosed". First, the tax payers have to pay for the new shelters, then when the road home, the Point of the Mountain prison, and all the other properties that have been replaced are sold, the funds derived from those sales are NOT applied to defray the costs of the replacement facilities. In essence, it is an end run around the tax process to put additional money into government coffers without our say so. So we got hosed and are supposed to feel good about it!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 7, 2018 7:20 p.m.

    Hmmm, a big piece of downtown real estate will soon be up for sale.

    And, it is almost 100% guaranteed that within 2 years the City and State will discover that the three new shelters are above capacity and more shelters are needed. And then they will have to go out and buy a new piece of property.

    I see lots of opportunities for taxpayers to get hosed on the sale of the old facility as well as the purchase of a new one, and opportunities for well connected developers to get rich.

    Close the Road Home on schedule, but keep it mothballed for a while so it can be reopened if needed, or sold if not. And, let's watch very closely who ends up making money on these deals.