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Compromise complete with SLC community center

Compromise complete with SLC community center

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A compromise between Salt Lake City and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the Main Street Plaza has finally been fulfilled.

The $6 million Sorenson Unity Center opened Thursday on the west side of Salt Lake City. It offers health and fitness opportunities, a dental clinic for the poor and space for counseling services.

In 2002, the city received the land from the Church in exchange for giving up a public-access easement on Main Street Plaza.

The agreement allows the Church to control speech on the plaza, between North Temple and South Temple. The American Civil Liberties Union, worried about the erosion of rights, sued over the deal but lost.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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