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City looking to buy Granite High building

City looking to buy Granite High building

By Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:00 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- What will become of the former Granite High School building? There it sits on the corner of 3300 South and 500 East with its "Farmers" marquis. A stone block bears the school's name, exactly as the students left it on their last day to enter those doors.

Now, city officials want to buy the property and have already made an offer.

"We've been working with South Salt Lake City for quite some time," says Ben Horsley Granite School District Communications Director. "At this point and time, we're just working with them to transfer ownership and to work toward the sale of that property."

Horsley couldn't talk directly about the plans for the property but maintains that Granite School District supports plans that will ultimately benefit the community.

"The school district is very interested in maintaining that space as open space," explains Horsley. "And providing recreational opportunities in the heart of South Salt Lake."

That's welcome news for some residents who live in the neighborhood.

"I would like to see it become a community center," explains Lynda Pabon. "Because in this area there's really nothing for kids to do or adults to do."

Pabon says the building has a beautiful swimming pool and would like to the community to have access to the pool, as well as other recreational activities.

"Some classes for sewing or crafts, activities for kids, basketball," explains Pabon. "Baseball because they have this field, soccer, whatever."

Pabon says she and some of her neighbors are anxious about what will become of the old Granite High School campus. She just hopes it doesn't get torn down and turned into something that doesn't fit the neighborhood.

"It has historical value too. It's been here forever and ever. It needs to stay here," says Pabon. "We don't want development here. We don't want houses. We already have enough of that kind of thing - houses and apartments."

While city officials decide what will happen to this grand South Salt Lake campus, Pabon says she and her neighbors hope to see some sort of revitalization on the school grounds.

"It's not being maintained and it was being maintained really well when it was a school," explains Pabon. "Now there's weeds. They're not watering. The trees are dying. They're just not taking care of it."

E-mail: niyamba@ksl.com

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