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Public invited to weigh in on future development of Draper prison site

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Posted at 10:46 PM, May 04, 2021

DRAPER, Utah — The State of Utah is asking the public for input on what will become of the current state prison site in Draper once it becomes vacant.

A new prison facility is currently under construction on the far west side of Salt Lake City. It is expected to be completed mid-2022.

Once the new site is built and the prison inmates and operations have been moved, the Draper site will be demolished and turned into what state officials are calling "The Point."

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority was formed to oversee the redevelopment process, and it is asking Utahns to take a survey on what they'd value most in the new 600-acre site. The survey is open until May 28 at 5 p.m.

There are also "virtual open houses," one of which was held Tuesday with another scheduled for May 20 from 2-4 p.m. Recordings will be posted to The Point's website.

The authority has also released a draft plan that includes the following recommended elements:

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  • Recommended Element 1: A Mixed-Use Business Core
    • Rationale:
      • Create an address for businesses
      • Center of activity and innovation
      • Concentrate infrastructure
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  • Recommended Element 2: Cross-Industry Innovation Accelerator
    • Rationale:
      • Catalyst for growing innovation industry
      • Attract young talent
      • Potential connection with K-12 education
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  • Recommended Element 3: Innovation District with Institutional Presence
    • Rationale:
      • Potential anchor tenant
      • Public-private partnership
      • Creation of identity
      • Educational component
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  • Recommended Element 4: 40-50% Residential Land Use Component (Refers to percentage of land area. Final percentage to be defined in Stage 3.)
    • Rationale:
      • Maintain a robust mix of uses
      • Meet daily needs
      • Reduce traffic
      • Create a live-work community
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  • Recommended Element 5: Micro-Mobility or AV Circulator Linking to BRT
    • Rationale:
      • Promote use of public transit
      • Accessibility for all
      • Reduce project carbon emissions
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  • Recommended Element 6: Retail & Entertainment Destination
    • Rationale:
      • Create a regional amenity
      • Create an iconic identity for the project
      • Attract local businesses and residents
      • Create job opportunities
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  • Recommended Element 7: River-to-Range Greenway and Trail
    • Rationale:
      • Commuter/Transportation
      • Recreational Amenity
      • Promote healthy living
      • Create water management system
      • Restore ecological habitat
      • Create regional open space amenity
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  • Recommended Element 8: Jordan River Community Park
    • Rationale:
      • Regional recreational amenity
      • Educational opportunity of local nature
      • Stormwater management
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  • Recommended Element 9: Central Park
    • Rationale:
      • Civic center for the project
      • Opportunity for large regional events and
      • smaller local events
      • Public address for adjacent development
      • Suggested size: 6-8 acres
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  • Recommended Element 10: Pedestrian Priority Zones
    • Rationale:
      • Design for pedestrians first
      • Activation of spaces
      • Safe place for pedestrian activity
      • Unique environment within the region
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  • Recommended Element 11: Distinct Districts and Sub-centers
    • Rationale:
      • Clear sense of place
      • Sense of community
      • Proximity to community amenities
      • Community gathering places
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  • Recommended Element 12: Pedestrian Linkages to Core
    • Rationale:
      • Prioritize pedestrian connectivity
      • Support and promote walking and
      • micro-transit
      • Provide everyday community amenities
      • Integrate stormwater management system
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  • Recommended Element 13: Neighborhood Parks
    • Rationale:
      • Provide central gathering place for each district within walking distance
      • Provide safe outdoor environment for families to play
      • Promote healthy living
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Click here to view the full PDF version of the draft plan.