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There is good reason for the Salt Lake City Council acting as the city’s Redevelopment Agency to postpone approving any zoning and regulation changes that would expedite a move by Nordstrom to The Gateway.
Foremost is the announced intent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to invest in a major redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall. The Church recently purchased the mall and is assembling an impressive team of national experts to come up with a development plan.
In KSL’s view, the Church deserves adequate time to brainstorm and eventually propose innovative ways for revitalizing upper Main Street.
Of course, a redevelopment of the Crossroads block would benefit from the presence of a major national retailer like Nordstrom. Likewise, it just may be that the innovative changes, once announced, would appeal to Nordstrom.
Although Nordstrom officials have said they prefer a move west to The Gateway, KSL hopes they won’t summarily rule out staying on Main Street.
As KSL has already said, it is important to keep Nordstrom in Salt Lake City. It’s why we urge a delay in Thursday’s scheduled RDA vote. And it is why we encourage Nordstrom to be open minded to the possibility Main Street is still the best place for their influential business.