SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – For years the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has been split between 3 buildings. But, now there’s finally a solution. The Salt Lake County Council and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams have reached an agreement.
Salt Lake County is ready to move forward with plans to consolidate the district attorney’s staff from the locations it current leases at 300 S and State St., 21st and State St., and a room at the West Jordan Court House into two buildings located to its respective courthouses.
“those are the two best spots on earth that we have because they’re right next to the courthouses they serve and they’re within-less than a minutes walk to the front door,” said District Attorney Sim Gill.
The first building will be a 110,000-square-foot building located at 465 S Main St. directly behind the Matheson Courthouse which will act as its main headquarters.
The second will be a 35,000-square-foot building near 1800 W and 8000 S near the 3rd District courthouse.
The District Attorney’s office says the placement of the West Jordan office is a strategic move to better handle the population boom expected to take place in Salt Lake City over the next 20 years. Salt Lake County, particularly, the southwest region is expected to get the bulk of this growth with over 1-million people expected to call Salt Lake County their home over the years.
The proposal for construction was approved yesterday by the council to the tune of 65 million dollars to the taxpayer, almost twice as much as the original 33 million dollars back in 2009 for a single DA building in downtown Salt Lake City.
Even with the large price tag, it will be saving residents money in the long run, according to the district attorney.
“It’s both fiscally sound to the taxpayers, it’s gonna save them money and it’s gonna give us the function utility that we need as a district attorneys office going into the future,” said Gill.
The project will be funded with revenue from a bond when the project was first brought up at 33 million dollars with an estimated 9 million dollars from selling the land at 600 S. State where the original building was to be built. The remaining cost will most likely come from a bond to be approved by the council at a later time.
The project was first envisioned over 20 years ago, and several factors such as cost, design and allocation of money all held back its advancement. Now, with those factors out of the way, the DA’s office is looking forward to better serving the people of the county.
The DA’s office expects the project to be complete by the end of 2016 or late Spring to early Summer 2017.