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Multi-use center to rise from demolition rubble

Though it was still in usable condition, the 29-year-old building on 50 S. Main in Salt Lake City was imploded Saturday morning, Aug. 18, to make way for something better — the City Creek Center mixed-use development.

Key Bank implosion in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 18, 2007.  Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret Morning News, KSL-TV Chopper 5.

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"The entire City Creek project is a demonstration of the Church's commitment to Salt Lake City," said City Creek Center spokesman Dale Bills during a media briefing two days before the implosion. "This is the headquarters of an international faith. We want the blocks surrounding Church headquarters to be vibrant, to be beautiful, to be something that everyone can be proud of and everyone can enjoy."

The new retail, office, residential center — which will also include landscaped open space and water features — is scheduled for completion in 2011. After the rubble from the imploded skyscraper is removed, demolition on the Salt Lake City downtown block formerly occupied by Crossroads Mall, directly south of Temple Square, will be complete. In about a year, demolition on the block directly east, formerly occupied by the ZCMI Center, will also be finished. Construction of underground parking on the two blocks will be followed by the new center's above-ground development. (See www.downtownrising.com/city_creek)

"This will be a place where people can live and enjoy being a part of downtown," Brother Bills said.

"It will really help to bring a walkable community, a more vibrant community where people can be out most hours of the day," added Grant Thomas, City Creek Center director of construction services. "I think it's going to be a great addition to the city and I think it will change some of the patterns in what people do."

Several existing office towers will remain as part of the project. Added to them will be a variety of residential units, some for sale and others for rent.

Graphic shows conceptual design of City Creek Center which will be built on area demolished.
Graphic shows conceptual design of City Creek Center which will be built on area demolished. Photo: Graphic courtesy City Creek Center

Retail business will be another component of the center, anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillards. Two levels of smaller outlets will line streets through the blocks. The retail streets will have retractable roofs.

Mr. Thomas said, "I think the great thing about what is being done here is, when the weather is conducive, it's an outdoor center." He added, "When we get to those days that are really cold and the weather is really inclement, we can close the roof over the retail street and have an enclosed environment for people to enjoy." — Greg Hill