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The shelter and homeless services center near Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park may be on the move.
Mayor Ralph Becker late Friday afternoon announced the creation of the Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission, which will be led by Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, and former Mayor Palmer DePaulis.
They are expected to bring a set of recommendations to Becker and to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams by late fall 2015, which would include whether homeless services should move and, if so, where.
"Our providers do a great job offering services to those experiencing homelessness," Becker said in a statement that indicates he believes other cities should play a bigger role in combating homelessness. "We need to determine how the greater community can effectively support these providers in their efforts."
The mayor's office said that process would include a look at the impact on residents and business owners.
Most of the county's homeless services are situated in Salt Lake City near Pioneer Park, an area that has seen increasing development in recent years. Pioneer Park, a place where the homeless tend to congregate during the day, also hosts the farmers market and outdoor concerts during the warmer months.
Becker's office has sent letters to other commission members this week, though did not identify them on Friday. The first meeting is expected to take place in January.