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May 20, 2014

Salt Lake County to build new offices for District Attorney’s staff

Michelle Schmitt - Email

Salt Lake County, UT— Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county has closed on the deal to purchase land on the block behind the Matheson Courthouse (at 465 South and Main Street) for a proposed office building to house the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s staff. McAdams says the agreement allows the county to move ahead on the stalled project, which was brought forward in 2009.

“We know that owning the building is more cost-effective for county taxpayers than leasing office space. We project we’ll save at least $13 million over 30 years. Once they’ve moved in, our dedicated team of prosecutors will be steps away from where they do most of their work—the courthouse,” said McAdams. 

McAdams said the new site, along with its proximity, solves an issue posed by the County’s earlier land purchase of not having enough room for parking. McAdams said that land will be sold—most likely at a profit-- and the money will be applied to new construction costs.

“The District Attorney’s office is grateful for the leadership our Mayor and Council have shown in acquiring this parcel of land,” said District Attorney Sim Gill.  “As we work to meet the current and future infrastructure needs of our office, this acquisition is a great first step in that planning process.”

McAdams said Salt Lake County will design and build an energy-efficient structure, which will also result in savings on utilities over the life of the building. The site is adjacent to the Courthouse TRAX stop, offering more transportation choices to building tenants, law enforcement officials, and constituents who have business meetings with the DA’s staff.

“The proximity of the parcel to the Courthouse is ideal and will be of great benefit to our staff,” said Gill.  “The District Attorney’s office looks forward to working closely with the design team to create a public structure that will meet the needs of our staff for years to come.”

“Prosecuting crime and handling the county’s civil cases will always be the District Attorney’s job, so we’ll always need work space for them. I’m very pleased that this solution meets that need in a fiscally responsible way,” said McAdams.