- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a new commission overseeing the redevelopment of Utah’s prison land (all times local):

5 p.m.

Utah will hire a consulting firm to help officials figure out how to redevelop the site of an aging state prison in a Salt Lake City suburb.

A new commission overseeing the development decided at its first meeting Monday afternoon to draft a proposal of what work they’d want a consultant to do.

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission is expected to meet in the coming weeks to approve the details and open the offer up to consulting firms.

Rep. Brad Wilson, a co-chairman, says they plan to issue a report by the end of the year that lays out a vision for how the land in a booming business corridor can be used and what money and steps need to be in place to make it happen.


11 a.m.

A new commission looking to redevelop the site of Utah’s aging state prison in a Salt Lake City suburb holds its first meeting Monday.

The 700-acres in Draper where Utah’s prison currently sits won’t be vacant for six years, but lawmakers want to start planning its redevelopment.

The land is in a growing suburban area between Salt Lake City and Provo where high-tech firms like Adobe and eBay have recently opened offices.

State officials estimate that once a new prison is built near Salt Lake City’s airport, the old site can generate $500 million to more than $2 billion in economic activity.

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission is scheduled to lay out a timeline for that on Monday afternoon and discuss possible uses of the land.

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