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The grand opening of a new 22-story office building at 222 South Main Street in Salt Lake City is a substantive example of the capital city's bright future.
Yes, the city, along with the state and nation, is feeling the impact of a prolonged and exceptionally challenging recession. And yes, it will likely be difficult in the short term to find enough occupants to fill the building's 459,000 square feet of office space. Yet despite such daunting obstacles, it can only be viewed as a positive thing that the developers went ahead with the project with an eye to the future.
The same can be said of what is happening throughout the downtown area.
Not many communities during these difficult times find themselves in the throes of such a dramatic and impactful facelift. Dozens of projects have the city buzzing. Many of them are connected with the massive 20 acre City Creek Center development that has been undertaken by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Occupancy of some of City Creek's residential facilities could begin in the next few months.
So, as bleak as the economy has been, Salt Lake City's changing skyline, in KSL's view, stands as a comforting example of the community's undeviating confidence in the future.