The City of South Salt Lake will be able to preserve the former Granite High School campus. A new public-private partnership will turn the building into a film and television production studio.
The agreement between the Woodbury Corporation, Redman Movies and Stories, and the City of South Salt Lake will preserve the current structure while adding more than 90 thousand square feet of new office and retail space, including a new sound stage. The deal comes a year after a bond initiative that would have allowed the city to purchase the campus failed to pass. South Salt Lake City Mayor and Granite High graduate Cherie Wood says after many disappointments she’s glad the campus has a new purpose that will keep it intact.
“When it’s gone, it’s gone. You don’t get those historical buildings back. I think if that’s a role we can play to keep these historical buildings around we’re happy to do it,” she says.
South Salt Lake economic development director Randy Sant helped orchestrate the deal. He says the ability to create this kind of public-private partnership is crucial for the city’s future economic development.
“You look at any major project, I don’t care if it’s Adobe, I don’t care if it’s Scheels, you look at it there’s a good public-private partnership involved in that because they don’t happen without it,” he says.
The city will purchase the campus for $8.75 million, $8.4 million of which will come from the Woodbury Corporation.