City Creek construction approaching ground level

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Construction on City Creek Center has been going on for months, so how's it coming along?

It's hard to miss the construction walls and the cranes, but seeing exactly what's going on inside is getting easier. It's taken months of work, but City Creek Center is finally approaching ground level, and the massive project is getting lots of attention.

It may be hard to envision right now, but what now looks like a huge hole will be a 30-story-tall condominium complex. Another will be Nordstrom.

City Creek construction approaching ground level

Multiple cranes are in place, moving the steel to help the skyscrapers meet seismic code. Parts will be done as early as 2010; the entire project on schedule to be completed by 2012.

Besides Nordstrom, Macys and Harmons will help anchor the shopping, with room for 100 additional stores and restaurants. There will also be condos and apartments, but pricing for those have yet to be announced.

Onlooker Sarah Dye said, "I think it's going to be a boon for Salt Lake city."

Already the project has been recognized by the Sierra Club for using recycled construction materials from the Key Bank building, which was demolished last August.

Of course, with change come growing pains. Workers in the area say they're tiring of a lack of parking and places to eat, and they're tired of the construction.

All together the project is about 20 acres. Six acres of that will be green space, walking paths and water features. For now, it's wait and watch.


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