(KCPW News) The Salt Lake City Council has approved the sale of three acres of Rose Park Golf Course to build a school, with no further public hearings. The city held a public hearing March 2nd, and the Rose Park Community Council has since voted to support it. However, Community Council Chairman Brad Bartholomew says not everyone likes the idea.
“Those who live along where they’re going to sell are the most involved and actually the most against it,” Bartholomew says. “When they bought the property, they had the open space behind them, and they just enjoy having that open area behind their house.”
The city has selected Guadalupe Schools as the buyer of the parcel on the golf course’s southeast corner. It’s a non-profit organization that aims to improve literacy and education for disadvantaged residents.
Chief of Staff David Everitt says the sale will allow the city to buy a different parcel next to the course that’s more suitable for golfing. The new parcel costs more than the land the city is selling. But Everitt defends the decision to spend the money, even as the city is considering making significant cuts to personnel and programs.
“Well, the city is constantly making transactions, and just because it’s a bad budget year doesn’t mean we sit still and not move forward,” Everitt says. “And we have some funds that are set aside in what’s called the surplus land account that are to be used for these types of land purchases and trades, and so that money will be used for that. It’s not strictly coming out of the general fund.”
Everitt says it will likely take another three to four months for the sale to be finalized. In the meantime, he says the city will continue to work with neighbors to address their concerns, like increased traffic.