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Millcreek approves interlocal agreement with Salt Lake City over Brickyard boundary disputes

Oct 21, 2019 03:07PM ● By Kirk Bradford

By Kirk Bradford | [email protected]

Salt Lake City and Millcreek have resolved their dispute over the area in which a border is shared. 

The agreement reached will now give Millcreek control of 4.85 acres of commercial property that is located between 1300 East and Highland Drive and Woodland and Miller Avenues. It also includes their control over the highway roundabout located at the 2300 East exit off of I-80. Millcreek has also agreed to pay Salt Lake City roughly $61,000 annually over the next 10 years to allow Salt Lake to recoup what would be the estimated property and sales taxes generated by the commercial property it is receiving. The commercial property includes Highland Square Shopping Center and five other lots. The leaders in SLC agreed to give Millcreek two plots of property so the redevelopment of a new downtown spot can begin and will enhance the visual look of one of the city’s main travel routes into town. 

The compromise can finally begin the healing process ignited by some of the tension between the two cities who started feuding earlier this year over the Brickyard Plaza. In exchange for the area, Millcreek leaders will also agree to “forever cede any claim to” the rest of Brickyard to Salt Lake City and not seek legislation or other further boundary adjustments,” said Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini. “Nobody gets everything they want in a compromise, but given the roulette game if we went to legislator, it was a good compromise on both sides,” said Silvestrini.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said, “I’m very grateful the state wasn’t involved and that we could just get together and figure out what was really needed.” She expressed her gratitude over the compromise and how it came together and also added that her city would continue to provide key services to the ceded neighborhoods, including water delivery. “Residents and businesses can be assured that Salt Lake City isn’t just walking away. This truly is a partnership and one that will last a lifetime.”

Resolution 19-32 Interlocal Agreement between Millcreek and Salt Lake County was voted and approved at the regularly scheduled Millcreek City Council meeting on Sept. 23.