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Plans being made for former school campus in the heart of the city

 (South Salt Lake Journal) South Salt Lake City residents could soon have one more open space community area for public use.

City officials are beginning the planning process necessary to purchase the former Granite High School property, at 3900 South 501 East, from the Granite School District.

Although the purchase of the property has not yet been made city officials said there is widespread support for the project.

"It's a very popular idea," said South Salt Lake Director of Community and Economic Development Larry Gardner. "We're just starting the process right now. It's really in the beginning stages."

Earlier this year the Granite School District declared the former Granite High School building and campus "surplus property" so that it could be sold.

Legally, South Salt Lake City must be given the opportunity to purchase the former school before it can be offered to other buyers. Laws that govern the sale also require that the campus must be preserved for public use if the city purchases the property.

Studies are being planned to determine costs, how the buildings and campus might be used and what impact development might have on the surrounding neighborhoods.

"If we're going to put money into creating this community facility we want to be sure we don't neglect everything around it," Gardner said.

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