Tooele County residents that didn’t want the Utah State Prison in the county can sleep a little better tonight.
The Prison Relocation Commission voted unanimously to recommend a site three miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport north of Interstate 80 and 7200 West as the home for the relocated prison.
Gov. Gary Herbert may call a special session of the state Legislature for next Wednesday’s already scheduled interim session, which would allow the full Legislature to act on the PRC’s decision.
In selecting the SLC site, the PRC rejected calls to keep the prison in Draper along with the other finalist sites in or near Eagle Mountain, Fairfield and Grantsville.
While the airport site presents the most expensive pre-construction costs, consultants, legislative staff, and a representative from the Economic Development Corporation of Utah told the PRC that the site will have the lowest operational costs and the greatest potential to spur positive economic development.
Detailed coverage of today’s PRC decision will be in Thursday’s edition of the Transcript Bulletin.