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Utah leaders sign off on ‘sweet deal,’ approve spending $56M to buy American Express buildings for state offices

(Dan Harrie | The Salt Lake Tribune) American Express property in Taylorsville, 4015 So. 2700 W. The state of Utah is buying the building to relocate hundreds of state employees. The purchase deal for $30 million is for two buildings on 31 acres. The state will spend another $26 million for renovations.

Utah legislative leaders voted after just a few minutes of discussion to spend $56 million to buy and renovate the American Express buildings and property at 4315 S. 2700 West for use as a new state office complex that will eventually house about 1,500 employees.

The Executive Appropriations Committee moved quickly to unanimously endorse the purchase after Jim Russell, director of the state’s Division of Facilities Construction and Management, told members that they had to act fast to...

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