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Taylorsville chooses designer for city center

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TAYLORSVILLE — At last, City Hall can look forward to new digs and plan on moving out of its crowded strip-mall hangout.

City officials tried to get someone to build them a new City Hall earlier last year, but only one complete proposal was turned in. This time, 11 companies threw their hats in the ring. The winner was the design-build team that includes the architect firm Gould-Evans and general contractor Layton Construction.

The idea, one being copied by South Jordan, is to create a city center where the city hall is the anchor. Both plans include creating a retail/office/housing development on the surrounding property.

Taylorsville Mayor Janice Auger said the estimated $3 million City Hall might be ready by December.

"My first choice for the next thing in there would be a good restaurant," she said.

Auger hopes the public will attend future open houses, during which residents have a say in what should go into their City Hall. The icing on the cake will be that residents will not see a tax increase or a bond to pay for the building, Auger said.