Evaluation of the Feasibility of Relocating the Utah State Prison
Group: Utah Department of Corrections
This study was commissioned by the State of Utah to determine the feasibility of relocating the main Utah State Prison from its present location to an alternative site within the state. The prison is located in Draper City at the southern end of Salt Lake County, which is the heart of the Wasatch Front – the most urbanized area of the state. Over the past several decades, growth in the Draper area – and all of southern Salt Lake County – has resulted in urban encroachment around the prison. There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the value of the prison property if put into alternative uses and whether this would be sufficient to offset the costs of building a new facility on a different site. The test of feasibility is a product of the value of the real estate that could be sold after relocation, the impact of relocation on local communities and the estimated cost of rebuilding equivalent facilities. These factors provide the framework for the following report and serve as the basis for the report’s findings. This report summarizes extensive research and analysis performed during third quarter 2005 by a team of real estate, construction and prison planning experts. The complete research and analysis are in Appendices A through E. The reader is referred to the appendices for more detail regarding any specific area of analysis discussed in this document.
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