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City Creek Center
The City Creek Center (CCC) is a mixed-use development with an upscale open-air shopping center, office and residential buildings, fountain, and simulated creek near Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. It is an undertaking by Property Reserve, Inc. (PRI), the commercial real estate division of the Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some observers felt CCC was an inappropriate project for the church. They argued that the high investment in consumerism and promoting conspicuous consumption neglected religious principles, and instead suggested that funds would be better spent on community resources, welfare services, or humanitarian outreach. The church and leaders have repeatedly stated that no tithing money was used for construction of the complex. In 2019 a whistleblower from the LDS Church's investment firm disputed this, alleging that the LDS Church had secretly transferred $1.4 Billion from funds set aside for charitable causes to the CCC during the financial crisis of 2009.