Utah legislature mulls prison relocation

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:14 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A committee is recommending that lawmakers move the state prison from its longtime location in the southern Salt Lake City suburb of Draper to free up the real estate for development.

Only one member of the 10-person panel of lawmakers and community leaders voted against the recommendation: Salt Lake County mayor Ben McAdams.

The committee isn't recommending where to move the prison, saying only there are four sites under consideration.

Timelines for building a new prison range from 2018 to 2033.

An outside consulting firm estimates it will cost $471 million to relocate the prison. But it says the net cost would be around $100 million after selling the land and avoiding repair and maintenance costs at the aging prison.

Lawmakers will now review the recommendation and decide how to proceed.

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