- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) - Utah residents fighting against a planned prison relocation filled an Eagle Mountain auditorium at the Prison Relocation Commission’s open house trying to have their protests heard.

Utah officials say moving the 700-acre facility in Draper should free up prime real estate for development and open the way for a modern prison somewhere else with more room. But residents of the communities the prison may move to fear plummeting property values and safety.

“A lot of people feel like their voices aren’t being heard, and anything they say is dismissed as a NIMBY argument or not in my backyard,” said Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra. “When the reality is people have some very serious concerns. Things such as the transportation infrastructure and how it is not adequate to meet the needs of the traffic if the prison were to relocate here.”

The auditorium where Tuesday night’s forum to hear about plans to seats 1,200 and there was standing room only, according to the Daily Herald of Provo (https://bit.ly/1eOSyUa).

“It has always seemed like a family-friendly area, and the prison is like a move in the opposite direction,” said Nicholas Nelson, an Eagle Mountain resident. He had brought his family to the forum to get informed and to see what could be done to prevent the prison from coming to the area.

The four sites that remain under consideration are: I-80/72000 West, west of the Salt Lake City International Airport; SR 138 Industrial Site near the Walmart Distribution Center in Grantsville; Lake Mountains West in south Eagle Mountain; and Cedar Valley South southwest of Fairfield.

The first public hearing for comment will be at 6 p.m. June 16 at the House of Representatives Building at the Capitol.

The commission has to select a new location by Aug. 1.


Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldextra.com



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