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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church To Provide Olympics Parking
Salt Lake Tribune 26Apr00 B1
By Karl Cates: Salt Lake Tribune

PARK CITY, UTAH -- The LDS Church's Property Reserve Inc., the holding company for the Church's real estate, has agreed to lease two plots of land near Park City, Utah to the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for use as temporary 'park-and-ride' lots for the 2002 Winter Games. The lots, one on U.S. 40 northeast of Park City and the other on state road 224 near the Utah Winter Sports Park at Bear Hollow, will hold a total of 13,400 cars and 400 buses.

Details of the arrangement were disclosed at a Utah Department of Transportation open house on Tuesday night. Some residents of the area worried about the arrangement, fearing that it might have lasting effects on the landscape. "It sounds like they're going to restore everything," said Jeremy Ranch resident Rita Garant. While she was comforted by the promise that the lots would be restored following the games, she remained skeptical, "We'll see when reality sets in."

The lots are a crucial traffic-management tool for the area, which is expected to host many events during the Winter Olympics. The topsoil will be scraped from the lots and they will be covered with gravel before the games. Following the games, the gravel will be removed, and the original soil will be replaced and revegetated, according to the plan.

The construction and reclamation will cost about $11.3 million for both lots. The article didn't indicate how much the SLOC will pay Property Reserve to lease the land.


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