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(KSL News) For nearly a year, Sugar House has been staring at a gaping hole in the heart of town, but soon that hole will be gone.
The Salt Lake City Council says developer Craig Mecham has just 45 days to fill or start construction at the site on 2100 South and Highland Drive.
Mecham told the Salt Lake Tribune it's not the best timing, but he'll fill the hole so it won't become a mud pit.
It's something residents have been waiting for.
Bob Evans, owner of Sugar House Coffee, said, "The sooner we can have that part of our city completed and built back up, the better off all the surrounding businesses will be, the better off the neighborhood will be and the better our lives will be as we move forward."
Mecham knocked down part of the block earlier this year, forcing about a dozen businesses to relocate. He says he hopes to build a business and condo complex at the site but has yet to secure financing.