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Sandy public utilities department upgrades to a new building

 (Sandy Journal) For years, the Sandy City Public Utilities Department was run out of a small 12,000-square-foot dilapidated building that wasn't large enough to house supplies, let alone equipment. That all changed in December when the department was moved from its location south of the Sandy Amphitheater to a new building at 9150 South 150 East, just north of Jordan Commons.

"The first concept was to build a building and we looked at about 16 different locations over a four-year period," Utilities Director Shane Pace said. "It was difficult to find something that was reasonable pricewise and had at least four to five acres."

The answer came in a 116,000-square-foot building with ample space to house department supplies and almost all of its equipment, including dump trucks, trailers and backhoes.

Pace said city officials considered having a 25,000-square- foot building constructed which would have cost them about $150 a square foot including the acreage.

This building, which formerly housed a truss manufacturer, was purchased for $7.4 million. Even with the almost million dollars of improvements they made, it came out to only $73 a square foot, Pace said.

"What sold us on this idea is that it wouldn't just be public utilities out of here but eventually public works as well. It sits on eight acres, that's a huge plus for us. Not only do we have space inside the building but also space around it," he said.

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