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General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints come and go rather routinely every six months. Another one will be held this weekend.
Just as it can be easy to take the remarkable worldwide gatherings for granted, many in the community may overlook the dynamic, yet stabilizing influence of the Church’s physical presence in downtown Salt Lake City.
In recent weeks the Church has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to the vitality of its headquarters’ neighborhood by announcing plans to purchase the beleaguered Crossroads Mall. Also planned is an extensive overhaul of the Church-owned Gateway Tower East at the corner of South Temple and Main. Those two significant announcements followed an earlier decision of the Church to purchase the First Security Bank building at the corner of First South and Main.
The transactions are part of an announced strategy by the Church’s real estate arm, Zions Securities Corporation, to refurbish a key section of downtown Salt Lake City.
KSL joins the community in expressing appreciation for the presence of an anchor institution with the vision, commitment, and resources to keep the state’s primary business district vibrant and stable. It is something the people of Utah should never take for granted.