Legislature OKs bill on ancient site development

Legislature OKs bill on ancient site development



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah lawmakers have given final approval to a bill allowing the Utah Transit Authority and a company to build a development in Draper on the site of a 3,000-year-old Indian village.

House Bill 179 will allow the Department of Natural Resources to negotiate a land swap with Whitewater VII Holdings. As part of a deal, Whitewater would give UTA 10 acres for a station on its planned FrontRunner transit line between Provo and Salt Lake City.

The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday. UTA spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware says the 10 acres UTA would develop as a station would be mostly or entirely off the "archaeological resource."

About 100 acres would undergo private development. The archaic village shows signs of farming from 500 years earlier than previously documented in the region.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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