Salt Lake City Council considers new rules after historic meetinghouse demolition

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SALT LAKE CITY — Just two days after the illegal demolition of the Historic 5th Ward Meetinghouse, the Salt Lake City Council is considering stricter rules and higher fees for unlawful construction and demolition.

In the past, the council considered revising rules for historic buildings, but the community's widespread upset over Sunday's demolition brought the topic to Tuesday night's agenda. Development website Building Salt Lake reports that the property owner, Jordan Atkin, directly hired the contractor and took the required steps through the state but not the city.

The city is looking into firmer fines with hundreds of dollars charged per day. In the proposal, the yearly boarded building fee for contributing structures could cost a maximum of $14,850 per year. As of right now, any boarded building costs $1,560."I think it's a tragedy not just that the building is being demolished, but I think it's because – my feeling personally — is that we're too far too lax," said Jim Webster during public comment.

 

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