There is one less site in Tooele County on the Prison Relocation Commission’s radar for a new state prison.
Miller Family Real Estate announced today that the company has withdrawn its property east of Sheep Lane from consideration as a site for the new Utah State Prison, according to Scott Bates, president of Miller Family Real Estate.
“We appreciate the efforts and input of many local and state leaders during the evaluation process,” Bates said in a written statement.
Rep. Doug Sagers, R-Tooele, played an instrumental role in Miller Family Real Estate’s decision to take their property off the PRC’s list, according to Linda Luchetti, executive vice president of communications for the Larry H. Miller Group.
“We’ve been in discussion with representatives of the Miller family, the PRC and House leadership for months,” Sagers said. “What it came down to was a business decision. Miller Family Real Estate took a long term view and realized that it was better for them to develop the property instead of selling it to the state for a prison.”
Bates confirmed that Miller Family Real Estate is looking forward to working with local leaders to maximize the use of the property for the company and for Tooele County.
“We are encouraged by local leaders’ stated goal to make this property a ‘crown jewel’ in their economic development efforts,” he said.
County officials first learned in a meeting with PRC staff and consultants on Dec. 1, 2014 that the 900 acres east of Miller Motorsports Park and owned by Miller Family Real Estate was on the list of finalists for the state prison.
The announcement surprised county and city leaders who had expected any potential prison site in the county to be more remote, according to then Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg.
Miller Family Real Estate property ended up on the PRC’s list after a representative of the PRC approached the company in 2014 about the possibility of locating the state prison on their property in Tooele County, according to Luchetti.
The remaining sites on the PRC’s list of possible prison locations include: an industrial park west of SR-138 in Grantsville near the Walmart Distribution Center; I-80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake City; a site near the southernmost portion of Eagle Mountain City in Utah County; and a site southwest of Eagle Mountain City along SR-73 near the town of Fairfield.
“Tooele County welcomes this news,” said Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne. “We look forward to working with Miller Family Real Estate to use this property to enhance our economic opportunities instead of housing a prison.”