MURRAY — A zone change that will allow a parking lot to replace five homes adjacent to the Salt Lake County Ice Center has been granted.
The change from residential to open-space zoning, which was unanimously approved by the City Council, will allow the developer of the Eagle Pointe commercial center to build a 170-stall parking lot for the county's use.
In exchange for the parking lot, Eagle Pointe will be able to swap land next to the National Guard armory that the county currently uses for overflow parking.
Eagle Pointe is a 14-acre development on the northeast corner of 5300 South and State Street that will include national retailers and restaurants as well as office space. Getting the open-space designation — which the parking lot qualifies for because of landscaping requirements — has been a months-long struggle for approval from the Planning Commission and City Council.
To grant the zoning change, the City Council had to amend the master plan to allow anything besides residential development along 5300 South.