Utah Pride Center moving to new home as fundraising for renovations continues
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The Utah Pride Center is expected to move during the week of April 15 out of its present building, which has been its home since 1998, to a soon-to-be-renovated location a few blocks away.

Last March, Pride officials bought a two-story building at 255 E. 400 South, one of Salt Lake City's busiest downtown streets, but the renovations have not progressed as fast as planned. To save money, the center will move from 300 W. 361 North to the new location while officials continue to pursue donations.

"Essentially we have all the construction documents," said Valerie Larabee, Pride's executive director. "It will probably take another year or more of fundraising before we start to put in a shovel (toward fully renovating the new building)."

Pride officials hope to raise $2.5 million to renovate the 6,000-square-foot building. They are organizing a team of business leaders and philanthropists for their "Getting Centered" capital campaign.

Starting April 20, Utah Pride's administrative offices will be in place at the new location. The Youth Activity Center and Trans Program will remain at the current location until after the 2013 Utah Pride Festival, May 30-June 2.

Cafe Marmalade will permanently close on Saturday.

The Pride Center's operating hours or group scheduling procedures will remain the same. Renderings of the fully renovated building will be on display, and an open house will be scheduled in July.

Utah Pride has served Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and allies for over two decades.

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