LDS Church reports on progress of City Creek

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Envision Utah held a breakfast Tuesday morning to keep business leaders abreast of the progress of the new City Creek Center.

The City Creek Center will be the largest mixed-use project in Salt Lake City. That was one of the first points the H. David Burton, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told those at the breakfast.

The City Creek Center is expected to be completed by the early part of 2012.

He also said there will be 5,000 underground parking spots, with office space, residential and retail space.

Expect the City Creek Center to be more pedestrian-friendly than Utahns are used to. For instance, it takes nine blocks in the city of Portland, Ore., to equal one Salt Lake block. So, the blocks in city creek will be smaller and more walkable for residents and visitors.

Many of the City Creek buildings will have LEED certification and be environmentally friendly.
Many of the City Creek buildings will have LEED certification and be environmentally friendly.

That's not just a goal for the City Creek Center, though. Bishop Burton says he wants it to "be safe, clean, pleasant and inviting."

"I'm not only talking about City Creek, but the expanded downtown area," Bishop Burton said.

Many of the buildings will have LEED certification and will be environmentally friendly.

As for completion, some parts -- like the City Creek food court space and the new Deseret Book flagship store -- are done. The entire project will be finished in two years.

"We anticipate as each component is completed it will be put to use, and by the first quarter of 2012 we'll be finished and have a grand opening," Bishop Burton said.

Tuesday's breakfast meeting was hosted by Envision Utah, whose mission is to "engage people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future residents."


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