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Residents Concerned About New Proposed Sugar House Development

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The Sugar House Community Council recently heard input from residents regarding a large multi-use development.

The Development proposed by ThomasFox Properties would be a dramatic change to the area at 2100 south and 2100 east.  The complex would include over 7000 feet of commercial space and more than 250 apartments that would reach up to 55 feet high. Judi Short is the Vice Chair of the Sugar House Community Council. She says the vast majority of residents who attended the recent meeting were opposed to the new development.

"We had 300 people attended the meeting at Dilworth school on October 21st," she says. "And I would say that probably 95 percent of the people in the room were against the proposal. They don’t like the idea of 321 parking stalls, maybe 257 apartments. They felt that it was too much traffic.

Among the businesses that will be affected by the development is popular local diner Blue Plate.  Joe Mandel is the General Manager. He says that Blue Plate has not taken a position yet, but the area could use some improving.

"We are kind of in the middle the corner is kind of desolate and something should be done," he says. "There are pros and cons about the entire thing."

Charlie Luke is Chairman of the Salt Lake City Council. He says that he is not opposed to the development, but at 55 feet the complex might be too big for the community.

"Certainly if you look at the surrounding environment if you look at what is currently there," Luke says. "A 55 foot structure is much much larger then anything else in the area. It doesn’t fit."

The head Thomas Fox Properties declined an interview, but said in an email to KUER that any discussion of the design and scope is speculative. The Sugar House Community Council is set to vote on a recommendation for the proposal on Dec. 3rd.  

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