SLCO District Attorney Gets New Offices at Prime Downtown Location

Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill
Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill

The Salt Lake County District Attorneys Office is getting new digs.

SLCO Mayor Ben McAdams announced Tuesday  that the county will construct new offices for the DA’s office directly West of the Matheson Courthouse on Main Street between 400 and 500 South in Salt Lake City.

“We know that owning the building is more cost-effective for county taxpayers than leasing office space. We project we’ll save at least $13 million over 30 years.” McAdams said in a press release, “[prosecutors] will be steps away from where they do most of their work—the courthouse.”

The idea to provide the District Attorney new offices has been floated since 2009, bu the idea had been shelved until now due to the recession and subsequent decrease in tax revenue.

Currently, the DA’s office is spread across three locations, with the Justice and Juvenile Divisions, and the Victim Counseling Unit being housed at the private Broadway Center in Downtown Salt Lake where parking and rent are issues.

McAdams said Salt Lake County will design and build an energy-efficient building. The site also sits next to the Courthouse TRAX stop, allowing greater access to the DA’s for the public, law enforcement, and staff.

McAdams is also extending an offer to the state to jointly develop the location as it is close to the state’s Matheson Courthouse, but also the soon-to-open Federal courthouse under construction on 400 South and West Temple, a block away from the new building.

The new construction signals that continued development along Salt Lake’s Main Street can be expected in the near future. Last week, it was announced that a 24 story office tower will be constructed four blocks North at 100 South and Main.

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