SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 News has learned the LDS Church has quietly been working with the historic Alta Club and with Salt Lake City to trade two pieces of prime real estate in the heart of the city.
According to several Salt Lake City council members, the Alta Club and the LDS Church have been in talks for quite some time.
The Alta Club, of course, is a gathering place for some of Utah's most powerful movers and shakers.
ABC 4 News is being told the club would give up its sizeable parking lot located across South Temple and give it to the LDS Church.
The Church, in return, would give the Alta Club some property on the same side of South Temple as the club.
This building, the old Mr. Mac store, reportedly, would then be demolished to create new parking for the club.
So, while the Alta Club gets more convenient parking, what does the LDS Church get?
Well, several city council members hinted the Church might want the current Alta Club lot for future development.
The Church is said to own much of the property near the parking lot, including the building next door, as well as houses and a pioneer park on the adjoining First Avenue.
Now, there are apparently some city concerns about the demolition of this building and the creation of a new
But it's believed these concerns will be taken care of and the land swap will eventually happen.
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