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Murray wants walkable TRAX mixed-use zone

Published August 9, 2005 1:09 am

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City planners hope to spawn a walkable community center around Murray's Fireclay TRAX station by enacting a transit-oriented development (TOD) ordinance.

Imagine people being able to walk out their front doors and get what they need without having to climb into their cars.

"This TOD ordinance is the framework to allow that to happen," says Murray City Council Chairman Jim Brass.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the council will hold a public hearing at 5025 S. State St. to hear from business owners and residents who have questions or concerns about the TOD ordinance.

The ordinance would establish a zone within the Fireclay project area for high-density mixed use, to include housing, shops, restaurants and office space.

Zone boundaries, still being defined, could extend a quarter mile out from the TRAX station to 4500 South and 100 feet east of Main Street, Brass said.

The plan, so far, is to leave the zoning along State Street unchanged, to allow big-box stores up to 150,000 square feet in size.

"We need a grocery store there," Brass said.

The Deseret Industries Thrift Store at 4485 S. Main St. - a popular draw - will be impacted by the TOD ordinance but has tentative plans for a new 60,000-square-foot structure on adjacent property near State Street.

Following today's public hearing, the City Council plans to define the TOD zone along with associated design guidelines, and to vote on the TOD ordinance.

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