Ruling paves the way for Utah soccer complex
Updated: 12/16/2012 11:30 am | Published: 12/16/2012 11:21 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Supreme Court has upheld a $15.3 million bond issue approved by Salt Lake City voters in 2003 for a sprawling new soccer complex along the Jordan River.
Salt Lake City officials say Friday's action affirming a district court ruling should end a long legal battle between the city and critics, including environmental groups.
Full-scale construction of the complex featuring 16 soccer fields and a multipurpose center is set to begin in the spring with completion in 2014.
Real Salt Lake is donating $7.5 million for it.
A group calling itself the Jordan River Restoration Network fought the city on various legal grounds.
Group spokesman Ray Wheeler calls the city's decision to build the complex along the river irresponsible, saying it will destroy wetlands and adversely affect migratory birds.
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