(KCPW News) Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's administration is responding to recent allegations made against his proposal to build a public safety complex on Library Square. The allegations come from the Main Library's project manager, Ken Ament. David Everitt, Becker's chief of staff, says Ament's claim that the proposed building site is at high risk for a seismic process called liquefaction is inaccurate.
"We found that that was not true, that based on studies that had been performed, that it was in a moderate liquefaction zone," he said.
Ament originally e-mailed his criticism to the city on May 14th, then addressed the city council at its meeting last week. Everitt says the city had already vetted the proposed building site, but researched it once again because of his claims.
Ament says he's glad the city has done more homework because of his concerns. He says he just wanted to warn the city that the proposal will be expensive.
"We never said, you can't build on this site," he told KCPW. "We said hey, if you do choose to build on this site, it's going to be very expensive, and we don't think you should."
Ament says his primary criticism, however, is that a highly secure emergency operations center wouldn't fit in with a public space.