MURRAY -- The City Council likes the idea of a new applied technology center in the Midvale area.

Council members would like it even better if it is located near the light-rail station planned between 5300 South and Vine Street.A group of education leaders, the Wasatch Front South Applied Technology Center Service Region Board, is seeking support to establish two applied technology centers in Salt Lake County. Nine applied technology service programs exist from Logan to Cedar City, but none are in the Salt Lake Valley.

Such a facility would help train adults and high school students in skilled jobs such as computers, carpentry and mechanics.

Council members praised the concept Tuesday night but didn't vote on it, because it hadn't been placed on the agenda prior to the meeting.

"I think it's a good thing," Councilman Leon Robertson said. Other council members said they would formally endorse it at their February meeting.

The project cost is estimated at $55 million. The group is lobbying the Utah Legislature for funding. It recommends establishing two centers in Salt Lake County and one in Tooele County. Possible sites include downtown Salt Lake City's Gateway Project area, the Murray/Midvale area along the light-rail line and Tooele High School.

About 10 acres are needed for a facility, Mayor Dan Snarr said. Though the formal endorsement doesn't specify a preferred site, council members said they would favor it near the light-rail line, because that would be convenient for students who don't drive.