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SLC Officials to Consider USU Students' Plan for Granary District

Utah State University Landscape Architecture and Enviromental Planning
Artist rendering with birds-eye view of Granary District

A group of Utah State University Landscape Architecture students is presenting its final plan for the redevelopment of Salt Lake City’s Granary District Friday before officials from the city. Jenna McRory is in one of the six student groups working on the project. She says it’s been a challenge for many reasons including the fact that very few residents are familiar with the area of 8th South 5th West.

“Since it’s so close to the freeway and the train tracks, it’s very industrial so we have to look at creative ways of looking at how to take care of that and still try to keep some of the history and character preserved there,” says McRory.

Molly Robinson is the urban designer for the city and has been working with the students through the school year on the project. She says the city wants to add much needed parks and more attractive open space.

“So they’re looking at how those assets and amenities might get woven in over time as redevelopment occurs. They’re also looking at opportunities for how to do that,” Robinson says.

Mayor Ralph Becker and other city officials are expected to be on hand for the student event, which is open to the public. The presentation will take place in The Salt Lake City Main Library fourth floor conference room from 1:30 to 5:30.

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