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Future Mayor
Aug 4, 2008, 9:24 PM
Here are a couple that I use frequently that aren't on the list.

TDR - Transfer of Development Rights
CAVE - Citizens Against Virtually Everything :haha:

delts145
Aug 6, 2008, 1:12 PM
Another town for Utah County?

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/275552/17/

If someone is going to start a new town in Utah County, Commissioner Steve White prefers it turn out a little more like Saratoga Springs than Eagle Mountain.

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delts145
Aug 9, 2008, 12:17 PM
Housing west of Utah Lake gets nay vote, which may be reversed

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700249453,00.html

PROVO — It was thumbs down for a 650-lot development west of Utah Lake recently, but county commissioners could reverse their Planning Commission when they meet Tuesday to consider the project.
Developer Cole Cannon's West Lake Estates, a temporary name, received a mostly favorable response from the commissioners when he appealed his rejection last Tuesday to rezone 180 acres from agricultural uses to high-density residential. The site is close to the south end of Utah Lake near West Mountain.

Rezoning would precede a 12-year plan to build a new 400-acre community that would have its own recyclable gray water system. A million-gallon water tank buried in the mountain above the community would provide culinary water.

delts145
Aug 14, 2008, 1:32 PM
Allllll Aboard, FrontRunner Coming To UVU Campus - UVU may sell land for $3.6 million

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/276859/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=131722&g2_serialNumber=1
Daily Herald

Two days after breaking ground on its commuter rail project through Utah Valley, UTA will likely pony up millions for land near Utah Valley University.

...UTA would most likely use the property for a bus and rail hub once its FrontRunner project comes through.

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delts145
Aug 15, 2008, 1:45 PM
New theater, retail center coming to University Mall

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/276805/999999/

The University Mall in Orem continues to remake itself with more commercial development coming starting this fall.

currently under construction is the 47,000 square foot, 14-screen Cinemark movie theater... A new amenity will be a self-serve or cafeteria-style concessions layout in which patron walk through a line, select various goodies and then pa a cashier at the end.

A neighboring dollar theater...will close its doors... and will be converted to retail space.

Just south of the new theater complex, ground has been cleared in recent months for the future construction of a 20-acre outdoor retail center that will include 71,000 square feet of new reail and restaurant space...
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aspiringArchitect
Aug 15, 2008, 10:12 PM
OK, guys, sorry for being so impatient. But, does anyone know when we are going to be seeing the first renderings for the Gehry project?

I read that they would be presenting them in the beggining of August, but we are already nearly halfway through! :shrug:

SLC Projects
Aug 15, 2008, 10:28 PM
OK, guys, sorry for being so impatient. But, does anyone know when we are going to be seeing the first renderings for the Gehry project?

I read that they would be presenting them in the beggining of August, but we are already nearly halfway through! :shrug:

:previous:
Looks like it got pushed back yet again.

urbane
Aug 18, 2008, 3:22 AM
I guess it depends on your definition of efficiency. To me it's a matter of what folks are able to afford for the amount of income, and high-density is always going to cost more.

From a transportation standpoint - you are right, high-density is much more energy and land efficient.

But all it takes is a sudden innovation in energy (like a high-amp solar panel) and we may find that's no longer an issue.

Land is an issue in some places, but really not so much here. While we need to be careful with our mountain valleys, but the whole basin-and-range area is pretty much fair game as far as I can see. Folks could learn to be better neighbors with prairie dogs and a few desert critters (rather than just poisoning them). But I don't see space as the real problem - at least not in Utah.

Now in Oregon it is. They have some of the most fertile farmland in the world. Hawaii it is. Florida has wetlands. The Northeast is already built-out.

But in Utah? It's not like we're going to run out of desert prairie anytime soon.

Sudden innovation in energy = a miracle.

Orlando
Aug 18, 2008, 4:00 AM
:previous:
Looks like it got pushed back yet again.

Like I said all along, this project will be scaled way back. I mean, who's kidding who? A 40 story hotel in Lehi???? Yah, right! Brandt Andersen is a young and naieve developer. Same with those guys developing the Proscenium project in Sandy. Mark my words, both of these develoments will never get developed to even half the scale that they are proposing. It's so absurd that it takes those people who don't know any better to actually believe that these proposals will actually happen.

SLC Projects
Aug 18, 2008, 6:06 AM
It's so absurd that it takes those people who don't know any better to actually believe that these proposals will actually happen.

:previous:
People like me. :haha: But hey I just like telling myself "Hey it could happen" :tup:

delts145
Aug 20, 2008, 12:40 PM
County puts south lake development on hold

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/276422/

County commissioners tabled a huge new development they like because they're simply not equipped to handle it or a surge of expected similar developments.

"We haven't done this kind of thing so we want to make sure our ducks are in a row," said Commissioner Steve White.

Developer Cole Cannon wants the commission to rezone 180 acres of his 400-acre development from agriculture to high-density residential a mile and a half from Lincoln Beach on the south shore of Utah Lake.

It would be the first step for what the commission calls a "boutique" city that would total 677 homes...

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SLC Projects
Aug 20, 2008, 5:26 PM
Developer Cole Cannon wants the commission to rezone 180 acres of his 400-acre development from agriculture to high-density residential a mile and a half from Lincoln Beach on the south shore of Utah Lake.



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:previous:
high-density? All the way out there? :shrug:

NYC Rick
Aug 21, 2008, 6:28 PM
Like I said all along, this project will be scaled way back. I mean, who's kidding who? A 40 story hotel in Lehi???? Yah, right! Brandt Andersen is a young and naieve developer. Same with those guys developing the Proscenium project in Sandy. Mark my words, both of these develoments will never get developed to even half the scale that they are proposing. It's so absurd that it takes those people who don't know any better to actually believe that these proposals will actually happen.

Incredible place to work and live. A truly original design and plan that actually would be a great architectural footprint for Utah. A real SLC to Provo bridge that would forever be the knot that finally tied the two areas together.

Even if it is scaled back (I mean the original design looks ambitious for than realistic) it would be a place that people would go to just to see it.

Better 99.999% of the crap going up.

delts145
Aug 24, 2008, 12:15 PM
Towns hoping for bus service - Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain must OK tax hike

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700253398,00.html

The Mountainland Association of Governments is offering the two cities $200,000 a year in federal grant money for the next three years to help establish the route. However, the cities must agree to join the UTA district, which would require an increase in sales taxes.
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Saratoga Springs
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loopnet.com
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delts145
Aug 24, 2008, 1:16 PM
New group plans to revive Bridal Veil Falls with 'village'

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/277275/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=132954&g2_serialNumber=2
Brady Harper, right, and Robin Roller of Bridal Veil Falls, LLC adress the media during a press conference at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon Wednesday, August 20, 2008. The private organization Bridal Veil Falls, LLC announced plans to rebuild the tram at the falls.

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delts145
Aug 27, 2008, 12:51 PM
Utah County I-15 corridor project set to begin in 2010

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700254107,00.html

Feds greenlight I-15 expansion in Utah County

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/277903/17/

The Federal government has given its blessing to the most expensive road project in Utah history.

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SLC Projects
Aug 27, 2008, 4:55 PM
"Forty-three miles of I-15 will be widened and rebuilt, from the south Payson interchange to the 12300 South interchange in Salt Lake County"


Finally.

delts145
Aug 28, 2008, 12:47 PM
http://www.tydaniels.com/images/thanksgiving-point-view.jpg

Lehi, Thanksgiving Point - Woodbury Announces Plans For A Major Regional Hybrid-Mall/Residential/Commercial Center

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/278498/

They have owned the property for years with the anticipation of doing this project,"...

Dubbed Thanksgiving Station, the 140-acre project at 2100 North, 2300 West and Thanksgiving Way will include a regional mall

Thanksgiving Station will have a hybrid of an indoor/outdoor mall, a hotel, power retail center, offices, restaurants and high density housing and will be built in phases.

Mendenhall said they plan to complete the first phase by 2010...

...Meldrum said he anticipates the mall being built first.

Grand in scope, the project would be similar to Salt Lake City's downtown retail center, Cottonwood, Fashionplace and South Towne Mall, said Meldrum

"This is big enough, this will change that area," he said. "It's huge."

"Transportation is critical to the success of theis project,"...

Which is why Woodbury Corporation, Lehi City, Horrocks Engineering and UDOT are working closely together to plan ahead with egress and ingress designs that will work for the community and the massive commercial and residential development.

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wrendog
Aug 28, 2008, 1:43 PM
Holy crap. Another mall type proposal for northern Utah county??? Gehry, Traverse Mountain, TP and the one in PG. Which one will actually be built first? Whichever one is built first will kill the others in my opinion.

delts145
Aug 28, 2008, 1:55 PM
One thing is for sure Wren, Thanksgiving Point will emerge as a major player in the future as a huge commercial center. I do think that all of the major three center's,"Pleasant Grove, Thanksgiving Point, and Sandy's," will at some point be accomplished. As Woodbury pointed out, the speed of the development will depend on the continued growth of each market pool, and the ability of ingress and egress transportation need being met

Over the years, Woodbury has proven to be one of the most estute regional developers around. I don't doubt for a second that their mixed-use mall will somehow proceed at a faster rate than P.G.'s. There is a lot going on over at the P.G. site right now, but I think that it is much more of a Utah Valley specific type of development. Thanksgiving Point, is already a type of location, which has been getting 1st class, international investment attention. and has a far greater reach into Salt Lake Valley consumer market, and even the national/international tourist market.

The many Thanksgiving Point projects completed, under construction or being announced so far, have been very synergistic. All, continue to create a more attractive investment for their developing neighbors. It isn't a matter of whether the Ashton plans, or the Woodbury development or the Gehry/Andersen, etc. will be nixed, but how fast each will energize the other.

SLC Projects
Aug 28, 2008, 5:13 PM
Wow. There sure is alot going on in Northern UC. I just hope that with Gehry, Traverse Mountain, PG and now this there will be enough demand to fill these projects.

aspiringArchitect
Aug 28, 2008, 9:48 PM
That project sounds really neat. A whole new mall?

I find it weird how supposedly the Gehry thing, a brand new outlet center, a Traverse Mtn retail center, and now THIS are all being planned for the same area. Practically all right across the street from each other.

Anyway. Thats fine. I hope it gets built!:yes:


Still no updates on Gehry, though? Very disapointing.:( :shrug:

delts145
Aug 30, 2008, 11:47 AM
New Justice Center For Spanish Fork

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700254953,00.html?linkTrack=rotator-cvr-7370

http://deseretnews.com/photos/4011783.jpg
Deseret News

Spanish Fork celebrates its new courthouse,

SPANISH FORK — Giant two-story windows let in plenty of light to show off the new artwork on the walls and the gold letters above each new courtroom.
Around back, there's a loading area so prisoners can be safely and securely brought before a judge without being marched through the front door.

Officials Friday morning celebrated the completion of the new Spanish Fork Justice Center. The complex will house Spanish Fork 4th District Court, Juvenile Court and the Spanish Fork Police Department.

Court clerks and patrons are moving from a 2,500-square-foot facility and police officers will leave behind a 12,000-square-foot facility, in exchange for 58,000 combined square feet of elbow room, said Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton Construction Co. spokesman.


http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5945386.jpg
Jason Olson, Deseret News

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UV4EVER
Sep 2, 2008, 12:01 AM
That project sounds really neat. A whole new mall?

I find it weird how supposedly the Gehry thing, a brand new outlet center, a Traverse Mtn retail center, and now THIS are all being planned for the same area. Practically all right across the street from each other.

Anyway. Thats fine. I hope it gets built!:yes:


Still no updates on Gehry, though? Very disapointing.:( :shrug:

I wish Anderson would scale down the project to a nice commuter-friendly walkable neighborhood and move the skyscraper part of the project to downtown SLC.:whip:

delts145
Sep 5, 2008, 1:10 PM
SCERA gets a facelift, celebrates 75th

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/279527/17/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=148925&g2_serialNumber=2
MARIO RUIZ/Daily Herald
SCERA visitors stop to look at the new stained glass masterpiece by artist Tom Holdman of Lehi on display at the recently renovated lobby area of the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem during a ceremony celebrating the 75th anniversary of the historic Orem theater Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.

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delts145
Sep 6, 2008, 11:12 AM
SCERA Center for the Arts celebrates 75 years

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700256697,00.html

At 75 years old, the SCERA center for the Arts has never looked better.

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5964377.jpg
Patrons tour the newly remodeled lobby and concessions area at SCERA, which was funded by anonymous community donations. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5964376.jpg
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

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delts145
Sep 6, 2008, 11:17 AM
Eagle Mountain master plan could open door for 417

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700256694,00.html

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — A huge master development plan is destined to remove more than 100 acres from the Ranches master plan and carve out a new plan with 417 new homes between the Ranches subdivision and the city center.

Project manager Ryan Kent said the new community is to include a variety of housing types, including single-family homes, condominiums, duplexes and triplexes. The plan includes a 4.5-acre park with nearly three-quarters of an acre dedicated to preserving Indian petroglyphs in the area.

Developers have teamed with Utah Rock Art Research Association and the National Park Service to determine how best to showcase the historic native art and protect it, Kent said.

Park plans also include a lookout tower and trail system, he said.

delts145
Sep 6, 2008, 11:34 AM
Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs eye express bus to SLC - Residents may vote on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase in November

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10397389

Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs residents will most likely be voting on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase in November to get an express bus to downtown Salt Lake City.
The Saratoga Springs City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution for the city's participation in the Utah Transit Authority system. Eagle Mountain approved a similar resolution two weeks ago.
...Under the proposal, each city would have a park-and-ride lot and express-bus routes - two in the morning to downtown Salt Lake City and two returning in the evening.

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delts145
Sep 9, 2008, 11:49 AM
Geneva Site Redevelopment: A rocky, rebar-filled challenge

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700257369,00.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5961952.jpg
Dennis Astill, project manager and general counsel for Anderson Geneva LLc, stands amid the ruins of the Geneva Steel casting area. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

VINEYARD, Utah County — Electrical cords poke up like weeds through a concrete pad at what used to be the Geneva Steel casting area...

"It took (crews) six weeks to get it down to 20 feet," said Dennis Astill, project manager and general counsel for Anderson Geneva LLC. "It's not gonna come down very easy."

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5961938.jpg
A 400-ton blob of steel resembling a giant black aspirin that was left in a furnace when the factory shut down poses a challenge for developers. It's too heavy to move and too difficult to cut apart. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

What used to be the smoldering, smoking heart of Utah County has long since been closed, leveled and nearly forgotten.

Anderson Geneva LLC, plans to turn the 1,700 acres that was once home to a Utah County landmark into a new, vibrant center of growth, but they know it's a rocky, rebar-filled road.

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delts145
Sep 10, 2008, 12:16 PM
Provo-Orem ranked No. 1 in nation for job growth

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700257608,00.html

http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org/bestcities2008.taf?rankyear=2008&type=rank200

Utah's strong job creation has helped keep the state out of some of the economic doldrums facing the nation, according to a report released today.
The report from the Milken Institute ranks Provo-Orem first in job growth among the country's large metro areas. Salt Lake City was third, and Ogden-Clearfield was 18th. Among small metros, St. George was fourth.

Among the nation's 200 largest metros, these are the top 10 performers of 2008 (with their 2007 rankings in parentheses):

1. Provo-Orem, Utah (8)
2. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina (10)
3. Salt Lake City, Utah (18)
4. Austin-Round Rock, Texas (20)
5. Huntsville, Alabama (16)
6. Wilmington, North Carolina (2)
7. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (7)
8. Tacoma, Washington (50)
9. Olympia, Washington (37 in the 2007 ranking of small metros)
10. Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina (12)

18. Ogden-Clearfield (42)
20. Greeley (29)
27. Boise-Nampa (19)
32. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (4)
44. Denver-Aurora (106)
55. Tucson (15)
75. Las Vegas-Paradise (9)
95. Boulder (93)
111. Colorado Springs (96)

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SLC Projects
Sep 10, 2008, 4:19 PM
Maybe that list will get even more companies to move or expanded to the SLC Metro.

aspiringArchitect
Sep 11, 2008, 12:21 AM
I know this has nothing to do with The Valley, but, how is St George not on that list? Wasn't it like, in the top ten last year?

delts145
Sep 11, 2008, 10:43 AM
:previous:

Of the 124 largest,'small metros', St. George is ranked #4. It was ranked number 2 last year. The housing slump knocked it down a couple of notches temporarily. This link also gives the list of small metros.

http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org/bestcities2008.taf?rankyear=2008&type=rank200

aspiringArchitect
Sep 11, 2008, 9:22 PM
Ah, OK. That is still really good though. I did her some complaining over some things down there on another website.

It is still doing a heck of a lot better than Vegas, though! It dropped from #9 all the way to 75 in a single year!

urbanboy
Sep 11, 2008, 9:30 PM
Where is this growth going? Is Saint George becoming denser, or is it just sprawl? If it's just sprawl, that is nothing to be proud of! :yuck:

jedikermit
Sep 12, 2008, 4:28 AM
Where is this growth going? Is Saint George becoming denser, or is it just sprawl? If it's just sprawl, that is nothing to be proud of! :yuck:

It's definitely sprawl. Makes me sad. :(

i-215
Sep 12, 2008, 5:33 AM
http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5961938.jpg

I can't wait to see a park built around that chunk of iron. Those kind of oddities give a community it's soul.

SLC Projects
Sep 12, 2008, 6:17 AM
Where is this growth going? Is Saint George becoming denser, or is it just sprawl? If it's just sprawl, that is nothing to be proud of! :yuck:

:previous:
I'm sure it's just sprawl. :( The tallest building there is like only 4-stories. But I could be wrong. I haven't been down there for at least over a year.

SLC Projects
Sep 12, 2008, 6:20 AM
It is still doing a heck of a lot better than Vegas, though! It dropped from #9 all the way to 75 in a single year!


:previous:
Doesn't surprise me that Vegas dropped. With all those new unsold condo units in all those new towers they built within the past five years. I always said that Vegas was going TOO first for it's own good.

delts145
Sep 12, 2008, 12:31 PM
:previous:
I'm sure it's just sprawl. :( The tallest building there is like only 4-stories. But I could be wrong. I haven't been down there for at least over a year.

Old Town, Ancestor Square, Main Street Restoration
http://www.dostgeorge.com/images/st-george-utah-main-street.jpg

Old Town, New Library
http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/3830709.jpg

Old Town, The new 5th District Courthouse in St. George scheduled to be finished in fall 2009. (Rendering courtesy of VCBO Architecture)
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0429/20080429__ut_newcourt_0429~2_Gallery.jpg

Section of Old Town Square
http://www.utahtripadvisor.com/image-files/st-george-utah-motels.jpg
utahtripadvisor.com

At least they've been doing a very impressive job with their old city core though. Many old building restorations and new buildings built, in either a very authentic and charming historic mode, or similar. No towers of any significance though. I wouldn't want them to put anything too tall at the 'old-town' core, and I would hope they continue their historic style in that area. Also, St. George Blvd. has gone through some major upgrading recently.

St. George will continue to grow rapidly. I would like to see them plan for a future skyline, with an attractive street vitality somewhere over on the east side of the city & the I-15... Say in the general vicinity of the new med center. I also would think that most of the new St. George residents would appreciate walkable village centers. I don't know what the exact future plans are, but I hope they're setting aside the areas now.

urbanboy
Sep 12, 2008, 3:17 PM
for some reason when I say density, many on here think I'm talking about towers. Paris and London, even without their towers on the outskirts, are very dense cities because of how efficiently they have used space. Most buildings in these two cities are only about 5 stories tall because they were built before the elevator was invented, and who wants to climb more than five flights of stairs with the exception of those who want the exercise?

Wasatch_One
Sep 12, 2008, 5:19 PM
No city is immune from sprawl at some point in their history...

I think St. George is definitely sprawling but as Delts noted, they are preserving a lot of their historic buildings and focusing on building up a downtown. There have been many groups formed down there in the past 5 years to curb a lot of the out of control growth that went on during the 90's and early 2000's...

Wasatch_One
Sep 12, 2008, 5:20 PM
I can't wait to see a park built around that chunk of iron. Those kind of oddities give a community it's soul.

Its all fun and games until someone get tetanus...

;)

aspiringArchitect
Sep 12, 2008, 9:21 PM
:previous:
Doesn't surprise me that Vegas dropped. With all those new unsold condo units in all those new towers they built within the past five years. I always said that Vegas was going TOO first for it's own good.

I agree. Growth is not always a good thing. Especially when it gets too big, and even more so in such a small amount of time. I took a trip to Zion and Bryce this summer, (yes it was HOTTT!) And so I had to drive through St George and Vegas to get there. Highway 15 in Vegas was disgusting. Graffiti everywhere, (I had never seen an entire roof covered in spraypaint before) lots of littering. I was very impressed by St George though. It seemed very clean, the city did a nice job of landscaping the medians and downtown area. I do hope very much that St. George does not turn into another Vegas. It is in such a beautiful location.

I hope all the trash just stays in Vegas, and dosen't find it's way up north.:tup:

BTW, I heard that St George, too is slowing down alot when it comes to growth. Whether that's a good thing or not, I'm not quite sure. I really hope the city has strict laws in place when it comes to developing and sprawl.

i-215
Sep 13, 2008, 2:54 AM
for some reason when I say density, many on here think I'm talking about towers. Paris and London, even without their towers on the outskirts, are very dense cities because of how efficiently they have used space. Most buildings in these two cities are only about 5 stories tall because they were built before the elevator was invented, and who wants to climb more than five flights of stairs with the exception of those who want the exercise?

Actually, I was very impressed with Los Angeles county, while I was there. It's the type of place I'd like to live (if I can ever afford it). There's a real sense of community - yet, there's still plenty of infrastructure for cars. But if you live near your work, you can still ride your bike.

I like density ... so long as I can still choose to drive.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l183/utradioguide/la.jpg

I know that's not nearly as dense as Paris, but it's still pretty darn cool!

delts145
Sep 19, 2008, 12:25 PM
FrontRunner could clog busy Main Street, Lehi mayor says

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700259895,00.html

Mayor Johnson wants the state to help build an underpass to keep motorists moving. Some 22,000 vehicles travel the two-lane street every day, he said.

His calculations show that Main Street could be closed a combined three hours every day as the trains go by Main Street is a state road, which means "we can't even paint the curbs red without permission," he said.

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delts145
Sep 19, 2008, 12:49 PM
UTA officials prepare American Fork residents for FrontRunner

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/281316/17/

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wrendog
Sep 19, 2008, 3:46 PM
FrontRunner could clog busy Main Street, Lehi mayor says

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700259895,00.html

Mayor Johnson wants the state to help build an underpass to keep motorists moving. Some 22,000 vehicles travel the two-lane street every day, he said.

His calculations show that Main Street could be closed a combined three hours every day as the trains go by Main Street is a state road, which means "we can't even paint the curbs red without permission," he said.

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Agreed. That would be a nightmare for Lehi Main.

delts145
Sep 19, 2008, 4:16 PM
I was thinking the same thing Wren. The traffic is already bumper to bumper during certain times of the day. There's no way they'll be able to deal with FrontRunner also without an underpass. Even when the new bypass highways about to begin construction are completed, Main Street will still be a very busy little corridor.

urbanboy
Sep 19, 2008, 5:20 PM
Actually, I was very impressed with Los Angeles county, while I was there. It's the type of place I'd like to live (if I can ever afford it). There's a real sense of community - yet, there's still plenty of infrastructure for cars. But if you live near your work, you can still ride your bike.

I like density ... so long as I can still choose to drive.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l183/utradioguide/la.jpg

I know that's not nearly as dense as Paris, but it's still pretty darn cool!

What if you wanted to walk from the community on the left to the community on the right? Could you? I'm guessing that these two communities shown here in this picture were once a singe community.

delts145
Sep 19, 2008, 7:06 PM
^^^
Yes they were, but you would have to go back as far as the early 1930's. There are also ample underpasses,and various types of access, etc. to cross without difficulty. I-215 is right about this being a great area to live, and I would reccomend certain areas highly. Much of what had become a little seedy in the 70's & 80's has made a very attractive recovery during the 90's to the present. This area has a great cultural mix, representive of every continent.

TANGELD_SLC
Sep 24, 2008, 6:50 AM
Just a few hours away from the designs being unveiled for Gehry's development! :D

SLC Projects
Sep 24, 2008, 4:18 PM
Just a few hours away from the designs being unveiled for Gehry's development! :D

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YAY!!! It's like the highlight of my day today. I told my wife about it and she was like..."oh....that's nice." :haha:

delts145
Sep 25, 2008, 12:42 PM
business brief:

http://www.siteselection.com/features/2007/jul/rockies/images/pg560a.jpg
Micron Technology

Lehi - Analysts are speculating that Micron Technology Inc., which has operations in Lehi and is the largest U.S. maker of memory chips, is poised to buy rival Qimonda AG as a way to reduce chip overcapacity in the industry. A Qimonda purchase would ''position Micron as one of the two surviving memory leaders, along with Samsung,'' one analyst wrote.

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i-215
Sep 25, 2008, 2:27 PM
What if you wanted to walk from the community on the left to the community on the right? Could you? I'm guessing that these two communities shown here in this picture were once a singe community.

I suppose so, but older L.A. freeways actually seem to do a pretty good job in building enough overpasses to let the pressure off. I can cross on Western Ave (in the picture) and within 1/4 to 1/2 mile there's another bridge.

The problem is here in newer cities, where some sections of freeway literally go 1 mile or more without any place to cross. It's bad for pedestrians. And it's even bad for cars, because all cross traffic have to clog the interchanges because it's the only place to go over.

urbanboy
Sep 25, 2008, 4:01 PM
This is why I think our freeways shouldn't cut through cities, but go around the outskirts with strict "no-development in close proximity to a freeway" regulations set in place. that way people are only using them to travel from city to city, not to commute. Also this way you don't need to figure out how to cross a freeway going through the center of town. This sould also help our cities to stay more compact rather than sprawled.

TANGELD_SLC
Sep 29, 2008, 4:32 AM
business brief:

http://www.siteselection.com/features/2007/jul/rockies/images/pg560a.jpg
Micron Technology

Lehi - Analysts are speculating that Micron Technology Inc., which has operations in Lehi and is the largest U.S. maker of memory chips, is poised to buy rival Qimonda AG as a way to reduce chip overcapacity in the industry. A Qimonda purchase would ''position Micron as one of the two surviving memory leaders, along with Samsung,'' one analyst wrote.

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MEMORY IS BECOMING A MONOPOLY!:koko: :koko: :shrug:

i-215
Sep 29, 2008, 5:03 AM
This is why I think our freeways shouldn't cut through cities, but go around the outskirts with strict "no-development in close proximity to a freeway" regulations set in place. that way people are only using them to travel from city to city, not to commute. Also this way you don't need to figure out how to cross a freeway going through the center of town. This sould also help our cities to stay more compact rather than sprawled.

I tend to look at it somewhat the other way. As we rebuild inter-city freeways in the future, we need to simply add more cross points ... and not just major streets. Connect even small unlined 25 MPH roads. It's a shame that "EVERY BLOCK" of Urban I-15 in SLC from 13th South to 6th North didn't get it's own underpass during I-15 reconstruction.

Out of town, require developers to pay for future crossings as an impact fee for developing close to the highway. A good example would be Sandy's new "downtown" or Frank Ghery's "The Point." Both developers should help front the cost of new freeway exits and over/under-crossings that are needed near their projects. Home developers shouldn't be given permits until they post money in a gov't account for future pedestrian and street crossings. Similar to in-lieu fees.

The trouble in the past/present is that developers get a "free for all" approach to using the highway for their business, but fail to pay for the full impact their project places on the highway.

The current suburban model can work, we just need to fix the big loophole that creates a HUGE giveaway for developers.

delts145
Oct 2, 2008, 2:24 PM
:tup: There is an incredible amount of commercial build-up going on right now between Cedar Hills, Highland and No. Lehi/Thanksgiving Point. If this is evidence of the current economic slowdown, it kind of scares me to think what's going to break loose, once the credit situation regains it's footing, LOL.

This particular development below is a perfect example of what the new U.of U. metro research head was talking about over on the SLC development thread this morning. For many of us in this immediate area, this is a dream that couldn't have come soon enough.

It's interesting to me that not too many years ago, people in this area were content to travel to Provo/Orem for many of their daily needs. Now, even American Fork is considered my most to be an inconvenience. Soon, Cedar Hills, Alpine, Highland, and No. Lehi will have everything within 5 minutes or less.

Highland building major fitness facility - Facility to include training, academic classes for athletes

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700263405,00.html

http://deseretnews.com/photos/midres/6078616.jpg
An artist's rendering depicts the Newport Sports Club, scheduled for completion in summer 2009. (Newport Sports Club)

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delts145
Oct 4, 2008, 2:38 PM
Lehi looks to lift historic buildings, Lehi may raise - not raze - three historic downtown buildings to expand its municipal campus.


http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/283047/17/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=153201&g2_serialNumber=2
Porter's Place Western Dining on Main Street in Lehi on Thursday, October 2, 2008.

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delts145
Oct 10, 2008, 12:30 PM
Micron to idle and layoff 2,850 - Will not affect Lehi Plant

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700265346,00.html

http://www.siteselection.com/features/2007/jul/rockies/images/pg560a.jpg

Friday, October 10, 2008 Micron Technology Inc., the largest U.S. producer of memory chips, will cut about 2,850 jobs over the next two years and reduce production, in an industry glut.

The cuts represent about 15 percent of its global work force of 19,000. Micron will stop producing memory for digital cameras and mobile phones at its Boise headquarters, according to a statement Thursday.

...The Boise closure won't have an impact on the joint venture with Intel, Chief Operating Officer Mark Durcan said. Micron and Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., operate plants in Lehi, Utah, and Manassas, Va., that produce the chips...

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RFPCME
Oct 11, 2008, 3:56 AM
What are we waiting for? Let's get The Point done! I got a fairly strong back, albeit old, and a fairly sharp shovel with a fiber-glass handle. I can move a few yards of dirt. Not much good with my hands, so I can't do any of the work that requires real skill. Also got a few bucks ($20 or $30) I can throw into the kitty. I figure if there are about a million other folks with my enthusiasm for the project, we'd have about 1% of the financing in place. The place will be an icon...absolutely nothing else like it in the world! I think the horizontal piece at the top of the tower has to be some kind of ultra-sophisticated wind turbine, taking advantage of power Mother Nature always throws at the location, besides mirroring the balanced rocks of Southern Utah. Sheer genius!

Come on, Brandt. Set up a development fund where a few dreamers like myself can send a few bucks and make believe we are part of the most significant project ever to be built in the State.:whip:

poodledoodledude
Oct 12, 2008, 9:41 PM
so, i drove past the new development in orem-- the proposed 8 story buildings, but are now 5 story buildings.

um....ok, maybe it's just me, but the pictures of the development don't look like they'll fit in that little neighborhood. looks out of place for me.

i think tall buildings should be around other taller buildings....nothing of height is over there, and the area isn't really a "fit" for buildings of that size...IMO

the look of the buildings looks REALLY block-like. not much architecture to it...and the land, sure it's a big enough foot print for it, but does it FIT in the area? my suggestion is no....so, now i'm glad they are only going to be 5 stories and not the 8.

honestly, i think orem is a strange place sometimes. it's just so...hap-hazardly developed. just sprawl. drives me crazy.

poodledoodledude

RFPCME
Oct 13, 2008, 2:07 AM
Orem is the definition of sprawl!!!!:yuck:

scottharding
Oct 13, 2008, 5:07 AM
I've gotta agree with that. As I posted on the Provo thread, I was down in that area for the first time in a long time this weekend, and I was impressed with how nice Provo is, and how much potential it has. And then I drove up the hill to Orem and I was appalled. The area around the University mall made me ill.
I'm not trying to bash the area just for the sake of bashing. I'm sure Orem has many redeeming qualities (I do actually like the UVU area), but I think that Orem is the prime example of poorly planned and managed growth. That city has grown so much over the last two decades, it's a shame it wasn't handled wisely. I hope other cities that are experiencing rapid growth learn fro Orem's mistakes.

delts145
Oct 13, 2008, 1:10 PM
In general I agree with you Scott. At this time, I wouldn't want to live in Orem, unless I knew that imminent change was just around the corner.

However, to be fair Orem is very clean, has spectacular vista's of the Wasatch, very low crime, and now many beautiful homes. Their grid would allow for some excellent future density, if they will but inherit a few citizens with a more progressive planning approach.

I'm not against people who prefer a home and a yard, and I hope America will continue to afford that opportunity to the average citizen. What I don't like is when suburbia is the only choice. Let's hope that cities like Orem will have the sense and ability to evolve into a much better mix of choices. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to Orem as Front Runner arrives and it's build-out capacity comes to a head.

delts145
Oct 13, 2008, 2:00 PM
Orem buys time on payments for Midtown Village

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/283861/

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SLC Projects
Oct 13, 2008, 4:26 PM
Orem buys time on payments for Midtown Village

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/283861/

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:previous:
"Meanwhile, some of Midtown's investors are duking it out with project contractors in a lawsuit over who should get paid first for work done on the project. Big-D Construction and several other contractors and subcontractors say they are owed about $20 million, while Midtown investors BankFirst filed a $62 million lien, and First United Funding filed liens totalling more than $16 million, against the property."

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What a mess. :(

delts145
Oct 16, 2008, 11:57 AM
Massive 800 North remodel to be finished next week

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/284374/17/

The hefty, two-year, nearly $63 million Utah Department of Transportation project to widen 800 North (State Road 52) from 400 West to 1000 East in Orem will officially be completed on Monday...

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=154146&g2_serialNumber=2
Ashley Franscell/Daily Herald

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RFPCME
Oct 18, 2008, 1:27 AM
I wonder how many other Midtown Villages we are going to see before the mess in the housing markets turns around? I am sorry for the people who bought the four sold condos and Orem City. :(

delts145
Oct 18, 2008, 2:26 PM
Once the lending market gets straightened out I imagine somebody is going to pick up a pretty good deal with that Midtown Project.

delts145
Oct 18, 2008, 2:33 PM
Is the proposed Utah Lake bridge dead?

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/284974/17/

Rep. Ken Sumsion : "in the next 30 years we are going to be building Salt Lake City in Cedar Valley, that is the population projection Sumsion said. "Eagle Mountain has the potential to be the largest city in the state of Utah."

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/Utah_Lake_prove_map.jpg

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urbanboy
Oct 20, 2008, 1:23 AM
:previous:

Uhgg, that area needs an urban growth boundary and fast! People should live inside the town in which they work! Building a bridge across Utah lake would mean people are working in Provo and living in Eagle Mountain. This is unacceptable!!! Also, Where are we going to get the water?, not water used for drinking and bathing, but the water that people will use to water their unsustainable grass lawns. People and developers here act as though we live in England, and it's wasting our precious water resource. :hell:

UTPlanner
Oct 20, 2008, 2:42 PM
Sorry this was a bit of rant so I'm deleting it.

urbanboy
Oct 20, 2008, 11:04 PM
:previous:
awww, I missed it. :(

SLC Projects
Oct 21, 2008, 5:57 AM
Sorry this was a bit of rant so I'm deleting it.

:previous:
That was a good rant and I did agree with some of it too. :haha:

goldcntry
Oct 21, 2008, 1:38 PM
Rant??? Awww man... drat that pesky need for sleep. Come on Urban Boy! pick up the slack from UTPlanner! You're always good for a rant or two! :poke: btw... anyone know of a need for a data wharehouse analyst? ;)

delts145
Oct 22, 2008, 12:29 PM
UTPlanner, I've never thought of your posts as rants... more like objective, common sense. :yes:

delts145
Oct 22, 2008, 12:34 PM
Long-anticipated Orem corridor now open

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705256968,00.html

http://deseretnews.com/photos/midres/6153081.jpg
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

The corridor is now a seven-lane roadway from 400 West to 1000 East and consists of three lanes in each direction with a median lane. Right turn lanes were added and an effort to focus left turns was fostered in order to increase safety...

... Lieutenant Gov. Gary Herbert, State Senate President John Valentine and Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn, all of which reside in Orem, expressed their initial worries about such a large road coming through their own city. But after years of not supporting such a grand scale parkway, they eventually understood the importance of it.
"If we hadn't done this, the impact locally would have been unacceptable," Washburn said. "I think that is one of the reasons why Senator Valentine, I and others realized that we must increase capacity here or our other roads in our neighborhoods would be clogged and congested to an unacceptable level."

The project cost just under $63 million to complete. Along with the widening of the road which required several residences and businesses to be purchased, street lighting was improved and landscaped pedestrian-friendly walking areas were also incorporated.

Herbert said that because of the support and vision of Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., transportation has and will continue to improve over the coming years.

"We understand and believe that transportation is something that needs to have a high priority," he said. "It has not always been a high priority in our state, but right now we have over 200 projects going on across the state thanks to the good work of UDOT, the funding by our state legislature and the leadership of a good governor who understands that it is not just a quality of life issue, but an issue of economic survival."

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poodledoodledude
Oct 22, 2008, 6:15 PM
hhhmmm....i don't live in this area, and never really use this road much..but seems to me, that the widening of the road didn't do much.

don't mean to be pessimistic, but....think about it...they only widened it along a small stretch. then, it goes to 2 lanes again. but, the way they widened the road, a whole city block in some parts are used for grass, rocks, and landscaping.

in other words: they took out houses and planted trees and grass. nice look, but was it REALLY necessary? that road was busy, but two lanes seemed to be fine. it wasn't THAT busy. univ pkwy is A LOT busier than 800 north in orem.

i'd like to see the traffic studies on it. i don't know...seems like a waste of money to me. i think they should have done it ALL THE WAY to the canyon! instead, it tapers down to the canyon and no one knows the wiser. the trees in the middle of the road are nice, but i don't see the NEED for it. it was a busy road, but did it warrant 63 million dollars to plant trees and grass?

yes, 63 MILLION DOLLARS!!

i don't know...i'd rather see the money spent on more important projects at the time: like widening university parkway from provo to orem state street! talk about a BOTTLENECK!! going from provo to orem up univ. pkwy and down again is a JOKE!! ....now there's a start! :yes:

poodledoodledude

SLC Projects
Oct 22, 2008, 7:27 PM
I can't wait for the day when Provo and Orem gets a light rail.

delts145
Oct 23, 2008, 11:51 AM
hhhmmm....i don't live in this area, and never really use this road much..but seems to me, that the widening of the road didn't do much.

don't mean to be pessimistic, but....think about it...they only widened it along a small stretch. then, it goes to 2 lanes again. but, the way they widened the road, a whole city block in some parts are used for grass, rocks, and landscaping.

in other words: they took out houses and planted trees and grass. nice look, but was it REALLY necessary? that road was busy, but two lanes seemed to be fine. it wasn't THAT busy. univ pkwy is A LOT busier than 800 north in orem.

i'd like to see the traffic studies on it. i don't know...seems like a waste of money to me. i think they should have done it ALL THE WAY to the canyon! instead, it tapers down to the canyon and no one knows the wiser. the trees in the middle of the road are nice, but i don't see the NEED for it. it was a busy road, but did it warrant 63 million dollars to plant trees and grass?

yes, 63 MILLION DOLLARS!!

i don't know...i'd rather see the money spent on more important projects at the time: like widening university parkway from provo to orem state street! talk about a BOTTLENECK!! going from provo to orem up univ. pkwy and down again is a JOKE!! ....now there's a start! :yes:

poodledoodledude





Poodledude, what are you thinking, LOL, "and I mean this ribbing in totally good naturedness." From Provo Canyon/Univ. Ave., all the way west to the other side of State Street and 400 West is hardly a small patch. That's a very big project to be sure.

There are any one of a dozen good reasons for this to have been widened and left turning lanes added. Just one of those reasons is that 800 North serves as the most widely used alternative approach to BYU. If you think that the Parkway is crowded now, imagine what it would be like without the 800 North access. But yes, the Univ. Parkway needs to be widened, with an attractive BRT type arrangement added as soon as possible.

delts145
Oct 23, 2008, 12:07 PM
Developers must wait for Eagle Mountain traffic study

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705257178,00.html

...Developers of the Scenic Mountain Master Development Plan are proposing a mixture of residential uses with a gross density of nearly 10 homes per acre...

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urbanboy
Oct 23, 2008, 6:22 PM
:previous:

This is great news. Sounds like they're trying to be more responsible.

delts145
Nov 2, 2008, 1:32 PM
http://www.utahrealestateguide.org/images/highland-utah.gif

Highland's new library/city building finished and open for business

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705259879,00.html

http://www.highlandcity.org/images/photos/cityhallnew.jpg
highlandcity.org

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RFPCME
Nov 3, 2008, 11:14 PM
Delts:

Nice picture of the new Highland City Library. I understand the library contains one of the world's largest collections of "Where's Waldo" books...sorry, couldn't resist.:D

delts145
Nov 3, 2008, 11:27 PM
LOL, Ya know, that's probably true. I think Highland probably has the largest collection of kids per capita under the age of ten, so you're probably right.

Anyway, for those who might be interested in the building itself. The beige you see in the pic is not stucco. It's actually a very fine, cut stone. :D

SLC Projects
Nov 4, 2008, 7:12 AM
Does anybody have an update on the Hotel Project in P.G? You know the 9-story building. Last I heard ground was broken and the building was downsize. Any news?

wrendog
Nov 4, 2008, 7:53 AM
Does anybody have an update on the Hotel Project in P.G? You know the 9-story building. Last I heard ground was broken and the building was downsize. Any news?

I drive by it almost every day.. Still alot of site prep, but looks like it should start soon.

delts145
Nov 4, 2008, 12:24 PM
I notice every time I drive by that area, it seems something is being built. Whether it's along State Street, or the Parkway that leads to I-15 or along the freeway itself, there's allot going on. I can only imagine how built up that area will be in another ten years.

delts145
Nov 4, 2008, 1:14 PM
Payson's scenic national byway, Nebo Loop.
http://www.utahmotorcycleriders.com/Pictures/UtahMountains.jpg
utahmotorcycleriders.com

http://www.utahvalley.org/!userfiles/contentphotos/neboloop/nebo_aspen.jpg

http://www.utahvalley.org/!userfiles/contentphotos/neboloop/payson%20lake.jpg
utahvalley.org

Downtown Payson continues it's makeover

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705260406,00.html

Historic Main, Payson
http://goed.utah.gov/business_development/PCMS/images/Payson.JPG
Govenors office of economic development

... the drug store that will replace them is expected to use a historic theme in its architecture. The site is across the street from Payson's collection of historic retail stores on Main.

The historic theme is also expected to continue with an old Gothic church and classroom building next to it that new owners Nelson and Reed Finch plan to convert to a restaurant. The church was built in 1882 as the centerpiece of a Presbyterian mission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings are also on Main across from Memorial Park.

Farther up the street, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has purchased the long-shuttered junior high property where it plans a church, also fitting the historic theme, Nelson said.

The theme is part of the city's design guidelines...

"I consider downtown a jewel to be developed," Nelson said.

being restored and converted to a restaurant
http://paysonbible.files.wordpress.com/2006/06/historical.jpg?w=292&h=370
Payson Historical files

i-215
Nov 6, 2008, 4:53 AM
I can't wait for the day when Provo and Orem gets a light rail.

I'm afraid I'll be gone by the time I see rail. But even if it was here, I doubt I'd use if since it costs $12 round trip. I'd rather pay the extra $5 to have my car in Salt Lake while I'm there.

Maybe if I went to downtown for something, then Frontrunner would help so I didn't have to park. :tup:

Wasatch_One
Nov 6, 2008, 5:29 AM
I cant wait til they have FrontRunner up and running and the TRAX Airport line... that will be convenient for those living down here and flying often...

Of course, Provo's airport is going to start getting regional commercial service soon now that they have the new control tower and getting radar, so on second thought, who knows... :)

i-215
Nov 6, 2008, 7:13 AM
:previous:

Commercial flights will rock. Can you imagine the day Provo has its own terminal? :tup:

SLC Projects
Nov 6, 2008, 9:09 PM
New type of overpass coming to Utah County.

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=4722276

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/6664/77490192jpgkl4.jpg

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4717/7749019fp1.jpg


"A new type of overpass that has never been built in the United States will soon be under construction in Utah County."

wrendog
Nov 6, 2008, 9:40 PM
That's my freeway entrance. Very interesting.

Wasatch_One
Nov 6, 2008, 11:11 PM
:previous:

Commercial flights will rock. Can you imagine the day Provo has its own terminal? :tup:

I really don't think that that day is too far off... well, with regional Skywest type Embraer or Bombardier jets.

UV4EVER
Nov 7, 2008, 1:20 AM
Wouldn't it work better if they took out the stoplights all together by simply raising one of the roads in the intersections that cross? Does that make sense to anyone else?:yes:

delts145
Nov 7, 2008, 1:33 PM
Lehi - Road to be new east-west link in Utah County


The Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah Department of Transportation has chosen a consortium led by Kiewit Construction and W.W. Clyde Construction to build a new east-west alternative to Main Street in Lehi. The $380 million road, called Pioneer Crossing, will stretch from Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs through Lehi at about 1000 South to Interstate 15 in American Fork. It will link to the freeway with a first-in-Utah "diverging diamond interchange," a European-style interchange that speeds traffic through with only two traffic signal phases instead of the three or four at other interchanges. "Pioneer Crossing is intended to address a real transportation need in northern Utah County for additional east-west alternatives," project manager Bryan Adams said. The companies will design and build the project, and major construction will likely begin in January. The road is expected to be completed from Redwood Road to Lehi next November, with the rest finished by fall 2010. - Brandon Loomis


Orem - University Mall opens 14-screen theater



Deseret News

OREM — The new Cinemark University Mall theater will celebrate its grand opening this weekend after months of construction.
The 14-screen theater officially opened Thursday and is located at 1010 S. 800 East. Each theater is equipped with stadium seating and digital screens and sound.

Local radio stations will be on hand all weekend and there will be several grand opening specials while supplies last.

Cinemark got its start in the greater Salt Lake area more than 24 years ago and this will be its fourth theater in Utah County and the 13th statewide.


Cities eager to get rolling on express bus line - Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain hope the route eases traffic woes

Salt Lake Tribune

Starting in spring, Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs residents will be able to commute to downtown Salt Lake City via an express bus.
Voters Tuesday overwhelming approved a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to get a route with a stop in each city.
With roughly half of Eagle Mountain residents commuting about 40 miles north to the Salt Lake City area, few folks questioned the bus-route proposal, said Mayor Heather Jackson.
"Everybody, since the second we announced it, [have] been very supportive and positive about it," she said.
Officials in both cities had said they hope the express-bus route alleviates traffic congestion caused by construction within the rapidly growing northern Utah County community.
"I hope it will help our local commuters . . . get to work every day," said Saratoga Springs City Manager Ken Leetham. He also said the route is the beginning of other UTA partnerships in the future as the city grows.
Each city will have a park-and-ride lot and express-bus routes - two in the morning to downtown Salt Lake City and two returning in the evening.
Bus fare will be $5 each way, according to the UTA Web site.
As for Eagle Mountain, Jackson said roughly the other half of the city's residents now want an express-bus route to the Provo-Orem area. She said she plans to set up a meeting with UTA officials about the idea.

Voters approved a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to get an express-bus route in Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs:
Eagle Mountain
For: 77%
Against: 23%
Saratoga Springs
For: 67%
Against: 33%
What's next
Service with stops in both cities to begin April 2009.

Source: Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson

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Neuroguy
Nov 7, 2008, 5:56 PM
I'm actually intrigued by this design and think it could be quite successful. I agree that UDOT seems to be doing wonders with the whole "thinking outside the box" approach to solving Utah's transit issues. One observation though, according to their rendering the UTA buses needing to go east bound (i.e., north bound 811 or other expresses) will either have to find a new route or there will have to be a intersection (perhaps bus only-that would be nice) to allow for the buses to turn left out of the park-n-ride lot.