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Mormon Church Funds Huge Urban Playscape in Utah's Capital City

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Big week for Salt Lake City! The place that Mitt Romney recently put on the map when he announced his "exploratory committee" for a 2012 presidential bid now gets airtime for an entirely different reason. Reps for City Creek, an enormous mixed-use redevelopment in the middle of town have written in to detail the progress the project has made since it kicked off in 2008. When it's complete next year, City Creek will fill 23 acres in downtown with sustainably designed residential buildings, offices, shops (anchored by Nordstrom and Macy's), a newly renovated Marriott, and a mix of fast-food and high-end restaurants, and a 50,000-square-foot gourmet grocer. The "walkable urban community" will also feature water features throughout, a pedestrian bridge, and a fully retractable glass roof over the City Creek Center shopping complex so no one ever needs to shop in the rain, god forbid! Such a grown-up playground has been made possible by the cash-happy co-developer Mormon Church, which is committed to beefing up the environs just outside their world headquarters at Temple Square. Thankfully, retail giant Taubman owns and will develop some of the space, too, so certain restaurants on the premises will still serve booze. Have a look at the renderings and construction photos above.

· Romney announces presidential bid exploratory committee [ABC4]
· City Creek [Downtown Rising]