PDA

View Full Version : Provo MSA Development Thread


Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 [30] 31 32 33

delts145
Jan 15, 2016, 10:39 PM
Has anyone noticed if work on this project has begun yet?

I heard this petition failed and they will break ground for the 9-story office building in January with construction estimated to finish in late 2016.

Here is a single rendering of the building that I was able to find from a KSL story last month.

http://img.ksl.com/slc/2572/257291/25729114.jpg

i-215
Jan 16, 2016, 7:29 AM
There's demolition where Trafalga once was, but that's south of Orem Center. I haven't seen any demolition for this site yet.

delts145
Jan 16, 2016, 12:26 PM
I hadn't realized Trafalga had been torn down. Did they reestablish it somewhere else?

delts145
Jan 17, 2016, 4:46 PM
Great to see this little slice of Heaven,(Tibble Fork) getting some redevelopment, with major upgrades and expansion. This is one of my favorite areas along the Wasatch. Especially the road up to and Silver Lake Flats above has some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Tibble Fork expansion will double capacity - http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/alpine/tibble-fork-to-empty-for-expansion-that-will-double-capacity/article_d2b27d5f-e951-577b-8430-9752e9c7a9f0.html


Daily Herald - Casey Adams - November 2015

Recreation activities enjoyed by thousands near Tibble Fork Reservoir each year will be interrupted as construction crews begin an aggressive facility expansion project expected for completion by December 2016.

Developers began draining the reservoir earlier this month and water levels are now 10 feet lower in preparation for engineers to perform preliminary tests on the American Fork River Canyon flood control site. The expansion project will result in raising the dam crest 15 feet and increasing the water surface area from 9.8 acres to 21.6 acres...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mhHvhC6_bJs/To5QMHKV5eI/AAAAAAAAExE/tApjbU2eSco/s1600/IMG_1632.jpg

delts145
Jan 17, 2016, 5:40 PM
What will American Fork's Main Street look like in the future?

Daily Herald - Barbara Christiansen - http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/american-fork/what-will-american-fork-s-main-street-look-like-in/article_21313028-6518-5cf0-b090-ead5aaeef795.html

...Mayor Dale Gunther is optimistic that the latest plan created will come to fruition. The result could be what makes a difference for the current plan to revitalize Main Street.

“This plan will have a funding or budgeting mechanism,” American Fork Senior Planner Adam Olsen said. “We also have actually gotten down to details about what kind of improvements will be going in...

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/58/8586ad78-3e11-5980-986c-d422b94633a3/568af62ef06d0.image.jpg?resize=620%2C258

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/6f/66f1c463-485f-56f4-9c8f-5b95cd0fef91/568af62f277d1.image.jpg?resize=620%2C356
This image shows the proposed lane and structure changes for American Fork Main Street.

i-215
Jan 19, 2016, 5:13 AM
:previous:

I don't see UDOT going for that. US-89 is a state highway. They still want to blow out the parking and make it 3+3+1 (7 lanes) to match the rest of the corridor.

The mistake they make with the Provo Center comparison is that the state's jurisdiction ends at Provo 500 West, right where the narrow ped-friendly area begins. AF Main is state highway for its entire length.

Liberty Wellsian
Jan 19, 2016, 6:49 AM
What will American Fork's Main Street look like in the future?

Daily Herald - Barbara Christiansen - http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/american-fork/what-will-american-fork-s-main-street-look-like-in/article_21313028-6518-5cf0-b090-ead5aaeef795.html

...Mayor Dale Gunther is optimistic that the latest plan created will come to fruition. The result could be what makes a difference for the current plan to revitalize Main Street.

“This plan will have a funding or budgeting mechanism,” American Fork Senior Planner Adam Olsen said. “We also have actually gotten down to details about what kind of improvements will be going in...

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/58/8586ad78-3e11-5980-986c-d422b94633a3/568af62ef06d0.image.jpg?resize=620%2C258


Uber fail below. Shame

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/50/250f61db-d74a-50ed-b373-21b6f47dfb26/568af62f62bc3.image.jpg

HellToSell
Jan 19, 2016, 2:43 PM
I think that'd be a nice update for the Park. :) Would be nice to have a centerpiece (pond, fountain, water feature) I'd like to see that Senior Center rebuilt in a more classy/ charming fashion... Is that just a proposal, or are they starting this project soon??

Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the new renderings for AF Main, the Shared right lane/bike lane seems dangerous. There's already so many parked cars, and somewhat heavy traffic at times sharing the street. I know there's not many bikers, but is there room to squeeze the bike lane into it's own lane out of traffic?

poodledoodledude
Mar 15, 2016, 3:08 PM
Has anyone noticed if work on this project has begun yet?

i saw a sign that says this is the property, but havent seen anything else on the site. it looks like an abandoned area though, so i guess any improvement is better than nothing??

i sure wish this project was in downtown provo....its going to look so out of place on this parcel, IMO.

WHY does orem do this?! the build a highrise next to a gas station, next to small condos....(ahem, 1600 north by home depot)....

its like they have no sense of planning.......

i-215
Mar 16, 2016, 12:51 AM
its like they have no sense of planning.......

Because developers really do the planning. Cities have to decide when to put on the brakes and say "no" (which may mean no development at all, as the developer runs off to Lehi and builds whatever the crap he or she wants).

But we all know that here. I'm preaching to the choir, obviously.

Deek1978
Mar 24, 2016, 4:53 PM
I noticed yesterday that a fence has been erected around the old Food 4 Less building in Spanish Fork. The fence is blocking the entrance, and is chain link. It almost looks to me as if they might be prepping it for demolition... could it be?

tygr
Mar 24, 2016, 5:33 PM
I noticed yesterday that a fence has been erected around the old Food 4 Less building in Spanish Fork. The fence is blocking the entrance, and is chain link. It almost looks to me as if they might be prepping it for demolition... could it be?

Here's a PDF (http://spanishfork.org/dept/econdev/planning/developmentApps/pdf/Canyon%20Creek%20Shopping%20Center%20RPP.pdf) of the revised preliminary plat for the eastern side of the project found on Spanish Fork's website (http://spanishfork.org/dept/econdev/planning/developmentApps/). They've moved a few buildings around and added what's likely a home improvement big box on the extreme east end.

I think they may be moving forward on the project again. It seems they are moving dirt for another building (phase 2 lot 4 (http://spanishfork.org/dept/econdev/planning/developmentApps/pdf/Canyon%20Creek%20Phase%202%20lot%204%20re-approval%20SP.pdf)) immediately next to Good Earth, and they have a final plat for the corner spot (phase 8 (http://spanishfork.org/dept/econdev/planning/developmentApps/pdf/Canyon%20Creek%20Shopping%20Center%20Phase%208%20FP.pdf)) west of the intersection of Marketplace Drive and Canyon Creek Parkway.

I have seen some names for a couple sit down restaurants that are committed now, but cannot divulge that information yet. One sits at the south end of Kirby Lane at Canyon Creek Parkway; immediately in front of where the current Food 4 Less building is.

I'm very curious to what the building is that they show on the very left end of this PDF (http://spanishfork.org/dept/econdev/planning/developmentApps/pdf/Canyon%20Creek%20Shopping%20Center%20RPP.pdf) that is rather detailed in it's shape (long and skinny with partial circles and some kind of feature on the corner near what is probably the entrance). It's not an existing building, and most buildings in the plat aren't unique in shape and could indicate they are not leased yet. But this one is very unique and was in a different part of the project before and now moved to a spot adjacent to US 6. This tells me they know who the tenant is, but I can't recall any business that has a building shape like that. Can anyone else figure it out?

Update: On March 22, a demolition permit was issued for the Food 4 Less building.

Deek1978
Mar 24, 2016, 7:52 PM
I see what you mean. I heard that Cinemark was going to build a 12 screen theater, is that still in the plans? Also, I noticed that the Water Gardens theater on that PDF is a parking lot... so no more cheap family movies either? This leads me to believe that Cinemark is coming.

tygr
Mar 24, 2016, 9:37 PM
Some of the new small box buildings almost seem like they are in the same foot print and location as the current theaters.

From what I understand, from lots of research, Cinemark had almost everything in place with a build start date of last April and had a projected opening date in early November 2015. It is my understanding that after all that effort, they finally decided to review receipts from their Provo Towne Center location and found that most of their business is coming from south Utah County. As a result, they decided to not build because they felt isn't likely to be sustainable to have both locations.

The latest thing I saw, with no confirmation, is that the theater location in the project said "megaplex," leading me to believe that it could now be a Larry H. Miller Megaplex instead.

Deek1978
Mar 31, 2016, 6:30 PM
Food 4 Less coming down today!

AllOutOfBubbleGum
Apr 7, 2016, 8:17 PM
Finally!

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/blm-gives-utah-county-land-for-shooting-range/article_617b5457-8ce5-54cc-a438-76b38fe7d9c5.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/80/180e969b-7b98-5237-97e1-c9173aaeb864/55de9a4620db6.image.jpg

I was in Colorado a few months back near Breckenridge and they had a open and free shooting range close by. I do hope the county does something similar or they will have the same problem they have now. Just have the Boy Scouts go in and clean it up every 2 weeks.

Highrise_Mike
May 8, 2016, 6:07 AM
Here is a photo update of your favorite burb Lehi! Some projects have come along and there are some newer ones I haven't posted on yet.

TSTAT 1 which will house Vivnt Solar:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4861.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4861.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4858.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4858.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4865.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4865.jpg.html)

TSTAT 4 which will house Nuvi:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4855.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4855.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4852.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4852.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4850.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4850.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4848.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4848.jpg.html)

Foundation for TSTAT 5 - similar design to the TSTAT 4 building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4854.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4854.jpg.html)

This is the latest building by Gardner to go up at Thanksgiving Point located on the corner of Electric Park:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4845.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4845.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4844.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4844.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4860.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4860.jpg.html)

Gardner’s new building next to the Lehi Front Runner Station:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4843.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4843.jpg.html)

Younique’s new office building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4840.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4840.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4842.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4842.jpg.html)

Boyer’s new building with 4 floors of tilt up concrete with brick and other veneers on much of the exterior. Entrada will be the tenant in this one:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4837.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4837.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4838.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4838.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4839.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4839.jpg.html)

This is the Terrace at Traverse retail center which includes a new Harmon’s store for the main tenant:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4835.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4835.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4834.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4834.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4832.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4832.jpg.html)

The Summit at Traverse office building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4830.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4830.jpg.html)

The Ridge retail/office center – at least the start of it:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4828.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4828.jpg.html)

Ancestry.com building – this building is cool because about 85% of the parking for the building is within a parking structure that is built into the slope:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4831.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4831.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4802.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4802.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4797.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4797.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4796.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4796.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4795.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4795.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4794.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4794.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4791.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4791.jpg.html)

UCCU office building getting close to completion:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4820.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4820.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4826.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4826.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4823.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4823.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4825.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4825.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4818.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4818.jpg.html)

The now completed Mountain Pointe Medical Center:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4816.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4816.jpg.html)

This is Perry Commercial’s latest building now complete with their first tenant Maritz CX. This building is a TOD -trail oriented building! (although it is located right next to the future Trax line which will have a station that connects directly to the trail shown in the pictures) This is located on the intersection of two regional trails which are the Murdock Canal Trail which connects down to Orem and the Rail Trail which connects down to old town Lehi and a section is being completed that will tie it into Draper this year. This building has an indoor bike room and shower facilities for those who ride to work:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4800.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4800.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4814.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4814.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4813.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4813.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4810.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4810.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4804.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4804.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4805.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4805.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4807.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4807.jpg.html)

Ivory Ridge – This area includes some townhomes, condos, office, and some retail going in:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4787.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4787.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4788.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4788.jpg.html)

Skyridge High School:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4784.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4784.jpg.html)

delts145
May 8, 2016, 1:36 PM
As expected, great update Mike! This whole area of Northern Utah County has changed so much in the last few years. It will soon be barely recognizable, except for the incredible Wasatch backdrop.

Highrise_Mike
May 8, 2016, 7:10 PM
It's crazy how fast all of the Wasatch Front is changing, but the one thing we can always count on is our best skyline, the Wasatch Mountains!

Lehi will continue to change and there is a lot of interest for high density and around the Front Runner station and up near Adobe and that area. In the next few years we will start to see some urban style apartments come to the area which would be a nice change from the typical cottage style apartments. It would be good to have a mixture of uses in the area other than just having office and retail. It will help a lot when Trax comes through town but that could be a bit of time before that happens.

There are a couple of other large office projects in the works but I can see the market slowing down as demand for office space is being met.

delts145
May 9, 2016, 10:59 AM
I wonder if even the office space demand will slow, or at least not for long. One thing that seems very predictable, minus a financial collapse, is the continued surge of population in Southern Salt Lake Valley and all of Utah Valley. I look at Utah Valley as in much of the same situation as the Salt Lake Airport. All of the planning for expansion keeps having to be revised and rewritten and revised again to deal with the increasing pressure. I think that area of the Central and Southern Metro border is set as the Tech hub. There's still a huge amount of room for growth in and around the Lehi/Cedar Valley area. Eagle Mountain, as much as some resent it, is easily accessible to Lehi and Salt Lake Valley. While current trends are somewhat smarter than past trends, the development patterns of the Wasatch Front are very much the same as those of Los Angeles past and present. The bigger the CSA becomes, the more pressure will be put on the Lehi area in particular. Lehi has become the designated hub of a large region of the CSA. I predict if there is a slowdown, it will be but a relatively short breather. Perhaps, enough of a break to catch up a little with the growth, but then demand will once again outstrip supply. You watch, the seemingly far off addition of TRAX into Lehi, will happen a lot sooner than we think. Also, Mountain View will become a full blown freeway in short order. Soon, Salt Lake's CSA will reach 3 million, and begin the march toward 4 million.

Future Mayor
May 9, 2016, 2:49 PM
I understand that a big portion of the demographics in Utah are different than much of the tech sector in the country, and I'm glad to hear that Lehi has plans for some more Urban style development, focused around Front Runner and eventual Trax. I do wonder however if the "slopes" as we know them in Lehi will slow down a bit as the Creative Class continues to be lured towards more urban, walkable settings. Yes Lehi will continue to lure the LDS, married young wants the mansion in Alpine type of crowd, but much of the out of town talent is going to skip by those opportunities. That is why the tech cluster that is part of the new SLC downtown plan is going to be critical in the overall tech growth of the Wasatch Front.

Yes Draper can dream of it's mega downtown, but it's not going to happen as they dream that it will. Once the prison gets moved, whenever in the next 20 years that may be, Draper will get some growth from around the point of the mountain, but it will be along the same lines as what is just starting to occur in Lehi. They will get 6-10 story buildings, surrounded by parking lots and garages, that will have some transit access, but will still be 99% car oriented.

Liberty Wellsian
May 9, 2016, 2:52 PM
I wonder if even the office space demand will slow, or at least not for long. One thing that seems very predictable, minus a financial collapse, is the continued surge of population in Southern Salt Lake Valley and all of Utah Valley. I look at Utah Valley as in much of the same situation as the Salt Lake Airport. All of the planning for expansion keeps having to be revised and rewritten and revised again to deal with the increasing pressure. I think that area of the Central and Southern Metro border is set as the Tech hub. There's still a huge amount of room for growth in and around the Lehi/Cedar Valley area. Eagle Mountain, as much as some resent it, is easily accessible to Lehi and Salt Lake Valley. While current trends are somewhat smarter than past trends, the development patterns of the Wasatch Front are very much the same as those of Los Angeles past and present. The bigger the CSA becomes, the more pressure will be put on the Lehi area in particular. Lehi has become the designated hub of a large region of the CSA. I predict if there is a slowdown, it will be but a relatively short breather. Perhaps, enough of a break to catch up a little with the growth, but then demand will once again outstrip supply. You watch, the seemingly far off addition of TRAX into Lehi, will happen a lot sooner than we think. Also, Mountain View will become a full blown freeway in short order. Soon, Salt Lake's CSA will reach 3 million, and begin the march toward 4 million.

I'm really not excited to see that area turn into a giant office park. It's too bad we didn't save that bench for wildlife and open space. Perhaps if we had we would be getting more complete neighborhoods west of I-15 instead of the incredible sprawl that is currently happening on both sides of it.

Orlando
May 9, 2016, 3:03 PM
On a positive note, I am encouraged by the design of these suburban office buildings. On a negative note, I'm discouraged that they are continuing to grow at the rate here than in downtown areas. Tech companies are already finding it hard to recruit tech workers from out of state. The trend has been showing that a growing number of tech workers/millenials are preferring to live in much more urban areas, ie. close to downtown San Fran, Seattle, etc. From all the explosive growth happening out there, it only suggests more sprawl growing out from Lehi, and north and west of Utah Lake.

jedikermit
May 9, 2016, 6:34 PM
thanks for that update, Mike. I'll echo what others have said about "it would be great if these were being built downtown," because yes.

I will also add that I hope whoever came up with the name "Younique" for their company suffers someday for what they've done.

Younique.

Fuh.

delts145
May 9, 2016, 7:49 PM
I'm really not excited to see that area turn into a giant office park. It's too bad we didn't save that bench for wildlife and open space. Perhaps if we had we would be getting more complete neighborhoods west of I-15 instead of the incredible sprawl that is currently happening on both sides of it.

I grew up in that area of those benches. I promise Wellsian, I'm not picking on you at all, and I definitely am all for preserving most of Utah's wildlife habitat. However, that area was and has been for over a century pretty desolate dry farming. For myself, I consider the development on the Highland and Lehi benches a welcome transition. I mean, where else are we going to put the population? That is the confluence of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Leave the vast tracts of open land to much more delicate and beautiful areas such as the spectacular canyons like American Fork. Let's not forget that Utah is almost entirely open terrain. What little development there is, is primarily focused on the Wasatch Front and Back, and now some around St. George. This will probably be the case for light years into the future, and beyond that.

Complete neighborhoods evolve. It is rare that they just spring up from nowhere. Incomplete neighborhoods evolve into more and more complete neighborhoods over time as density pressures accumulate. This is what we are seeing happen in Salt Lake City, and also to some extent in other older historic cores. Even a town such as Lehi, with vast swaths of available open land, much of it incorporated, is feeling the pressure at it's historic core. It won't be too long before Main in Lehi and those neighborhoods between Main and State reach a sort of critical mass. In the not too distant future, we will see the type of development in and around old Lehi's Main and State St. much like we're seeing in some of Salt Lake Valley's denser communities. Much like what we are seeing in Murray, or even a little further into the future, like we're seeing in Sugar House.

Highrise_Mike
May 10, 2016, 3:54 AM
You have some good insights Delts, we are going through a public process and having an open house next week on our historic core and Main Street for public input. We have our ideas for what the area should look like which would be providing a mix of housing, office, and some retail also growing the City offices, library, arts to serve as an anchor. I would like to see height limited so we don't lose the character that exists now and end up with developments that are too large like in Sugar House but I would like to see new housing and a mixture of uses and community events to create a vibrant city center. Contrary to some in Lehi, I would like to see a brew pub or other similar uses some to bring some night life. I also would like to maintain design standards for the historic district that requires the use of brick and incorporate design elements from historic buildings kind of like what has been done on 25th St in Ogden. I would want to shy away from modern designs as seen in the point area.

I think as far as office development goes, I would love to see more in downtown SL but I do think a healthy region has a regional center (downtown SL) and multiple employment nodes such as Sandy, Lehi, Provo, etc and smaller village centers. I think the problem our region has is there is too much office development in the suburban centers and not enough in downtown SL. We definitely don't want to repeat what LA has done but I think we have been heading down that road since Utah as a society has a majority preference for single family homes. Our mountains act as urban growth boundaries but places like Cedar Valley or Stansbury Park will continue to sprawl and expand our urban fringe.

As far as Trax goes, UTA has it on their 2030 vision plan to come to Lehi but I could definitely see it get pushed up and we keep lobbying to get it pushed up at least into the point area.

I will also try to keep the Lehi updates coming, I am sometimes a slacker :P

Sasawest
May 10, 2016, 5:18 AM
Great photos of Lehi's current projects Highrise Mike. I wasn't aware of how many projects were going on at once there. I'm espcially impressed with the unique architecture of the UCCU building. It seems Lehi is progressing towards a skyline that mainly consists of 4-5 story low-rises. Do the zoning laws there allow for anything taller?

Future Mayor
May 10, 2016, 4:07 PM
Highrise Mike, you mentioned a City Library as part of the Lehi downtown vision plan. one thing to take into consideration when planning the updated downtown is the placement of things like Libraries, Parks and where current churches may be. Historic Downtown Payson, while not nearly as large as downtown Lehi is struggling with that issue now. The City bought a building an put the Library on Main St several years ago, in an attempt to bring people back into downtown. It brought people there, but just for the Library, now there are several property owners that are investing in Main St, one in particular wants to open another business, in addition to his current one on Main, and has considered opening an Italian restaurant. However due to the location of the Library he would be unable to open one that serves wine. He's LDS, but he understands that not everyone is, and in the case of an Italian restaurant he realizes that wine is part of the overall dining experience for many people. There is also a vacant building that formerly housed a restaurant that has an original bar in it from the early 20th Century, but being just two doors down from the Library, it could never be utilized as a bar or even a bar within a restaurant.

So make sure to take Library and "park" placement into consideration. There is a 600' walking route distance law can be waved, but the 200' straight line requirement cannot.

As for the brew pub, best of luck with that. The thing that many of these elected officials don't understand is that not everyone is a non-drinker. They don't have to encourage or publicly say, YES we want a brew pub on Main St, but to say nobody wants one is simply narrow minded. I have had the same argument with legislators, thoughts, opinions and beliefs are one thing, but the only true way to know how many establishments with alcohol can survive is the market. If Lehi allows for a bar or brew pub in it's downtown area and one doesn't open, then the market doesn't need it, but even if Council members insist that nobody would go to one but if one opens and is successful, apparently the market did demand it. I would simply push for allowing the use, which I'm sure you already are.

Liberty Wellsian
May 10, 2016, 7:37 PM
I grew up in that area of those benches. I promise Wellsian, I'm not picking on you at all, and I definitely am all for preserving most of Utah's wildlife habitat. However, that area was and has been for over a century pretty desolate dry farming. For myself, I consider the development on the Highland and Lehi benches a welcome transition. I mean, where else are we going to put the population? That is the confluence of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Leave the vast tracts of open land to much more delicate and beautiful areas such as the spectacular canyons like American Fork. Let's not forget that Utah is almost entirely open terrain. What little development there is, is primarily focused on the Wasatch Front and Back, and now some around St. George. This will probably be the case for light years into the future, and beyond that.

Complete neighborhoods evolve. It is rare that they just spring up from nowhere. Incomplete neighborhoods evolve into more and more complete neighborhoods over time as density pressures accumulate. This is what we are seeing happen in Salt Lake City, and also to some extent in other older historic cores. Even a town such as Lehi, with vast swaths of available open land, much of it incorporated, is feeling the pressure at it's historic core. It won't be too long before Main in Lehi and those neighborhoods between Main and State reach a sort of critical mass. In the not too distant future, we will see the type of development in and around old Lehi's Main and State St. much like we're seeing in some of Salt Lake Valley's denser communities. Much like what we are seeing in Murray, or even a little further into the future, like we're seeing in Sugar House.

I grew up in that area too.

I wouldn't call those areas desolate at all. The lower benches are, in my view, an under appreciated and under protected habitat along the Wasatch. The wildlife depends on that area especially in the winter months and the canyons would be better off for having it as a neighbor. Honestly I can't think of a comparable tract along the western slopes of the Wasatch from Ogden to Provo. I saw that area as a last opportunity to save a sizeable chunk of it. Oh well

Where would we put the population; as you said there is still plenty of land available. There is a ton of still undeveloped land in northern Utah and southern SL counties even without the Micron area. Further it's not like the area has no room to urbanize.

Developing that chunk is just suburban sprawl and I would have preferred that we hadn't.

Highrise_Mike
May 12, 2016, 5:05 AM
Those are some good suggestions FM, there are mixed feelings in the city about having a brewpub downtown but I think if the market would bear it, it would probably happen. In fact we created a Historic Commerce zone which would allow for it but not too many restaurants do well in the historic Main and State areas of Lehi in general. The properties would need to be rezoned to Historic Commerce but that wouldn't be a problem.

Sasawest, the areas up near the UCCU building have different zoning designations with different height requirements. The Thanksgiving Point Area Plan limits height to 5 floors which is why most buildings on the west side of I-15 max out at 5 floors. The Traverse Mountain Area Plan has a height limit of 12 floors and any of the areas zoned Commercial have no height restriction. The only controlling factor of height would be parking. If a developer wanted to go 20 floors they could in some areas around the UCCU building and Perry's buildings! I have seen conceptual drawings for 8-10 story buildings but nothing formally submitted to this point.

Future Mayor
May 12, 2016, 3:03 PM
I'm sure this has already been discussed within Lehi city, but I think another key factor to Historic Lehi Main St is to rezone the surrounding areas, to provide the type of housing options that will support the businesses on Main St. One thing we are considering down here in Payson is to introduce our first form based code in the area SE of Historic Downtown Payson. Well we as planners are considering it, but we'll see how it flies with the Planning Commission and City Council.

We have one thing in our favor down here compared to a lot of other Utah County cities and Utah cities in general, our Main St doesn't have a 5-7 lane State Hwy running down the center of it. It's adjacent to and accessible from the Hwy, but not intersected by it.

Highrise_Mike
May 13, 2016, 4:25 AM
I love Paysons Main Street! It has two lanes with the angled parking in front of the buildings and some good street trees too. We also are lucky in Lehi that our Main Street only has 3 lanes except it does carry about 15,000 cars a day which can be good to help support business but not always good for pedestrian crossings.

Our vision as staff for Lehi would be businesses along Main Street with housing units on the upper floors and transition to some row housing for a block or two off of Main Street. The more people we can bring to the area especially to live, the more businesses that can be supported and more vibrancy. There are some beautiful historic homes near and around Main Street that we would like to preserve but there is a lot of opportunity around some of those homes for some additional units. My hope would be to get some bus service down on Main Street if we are adding additional units. Also I'm hoping to get some good input at our public open house next Tuesday.

It sounds like Payson and Lehi have some similar ideas with a mixture of housing and businesses around Main Street :)

delts145
Jun 25, 2016, 2:46 AM
I was just going through again your last update of Lehi projects Mike. I had forgotten how many there were. Amazing! Are there a few new ones being talked about or breaking ground recently, that we'll have to look forward to? Also, how's the Traverse Outlets doing? Is it built out now, or are they talking of expanding it even further?

I was thinking Mike that with all of these big companies locating and expanding into the Lehi fabric, I'm expecting Lehi to really hit them up for some seriously attractive infrastructure contributions. Developments like making Old Main a destination entertainment center, or cultural attractions such as the performing arts organizations and accompanying venues. I expect a very bright future for Northern Utah Valley, particularly Alpine, Highland and Lehi.

Here is a photo update of your favorite burb Lehi! Some projects have come along and there are some newer ones I haven't posted on yet.

TSTAT 1 which will house Vivnt Solar:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4861.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4861.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4858.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4858.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4865.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4865.jpg.html)

TSTAT 4 which will house Nuvi:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4855.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4855.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4852.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4852.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4850.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4850.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4848.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4848.jpg.html)

Foundation for TSTAT 5 - similar design to the TSTAT 4 building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4854.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4854.jpg.html)

This is the latest building by Gardner to go up at Thanksgiving Point located on the corner of Electric Park:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4845.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4845.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4844.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4844.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4860.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4860.jpg.html)

Gardner’s new building next to the Lehi Front Runner Station:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4843.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4843.jpg.html)

Younique’s new office building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4840.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4840.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4842.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4842.jpg.html)

Boyer’s new building with 4 floors of tilt up concrete with brick and other veneers on much of the exterior. Entrada will be the tenant in this one:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4837.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4837.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4838.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4838.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4839.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4839.jpg.html)

This is the Terrace at Traverse retail center which includes a new Harmon’s store for the main tenant:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4835.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4835.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4834.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4834.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4832.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4832.jpg.html)

The Summit at Traverse office building:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4830.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4830.jpg.html)

The Ridge retail/office center – at least the start of it:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4828.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4828.jpg.html)

Ancestry.com building – this building is cool because about 85% of the parking for the building is within a parking structure that is built into the slope:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4831.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4831.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4802.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4802.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4797.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4797.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4796.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4796.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4795.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4795.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4794.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4794.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4791.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4791.jpg.html)

UCCU office building getting close to completion:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4820.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4820.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4826.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4826.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4823.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4823.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4825.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4825.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4818.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4818.jpg.html)

The now completed Mountain Pointe Medical Center:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4816.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4816.jpg.html)

This is Perry Commercial’s latest building now complete with their first tenant Maritz CX. This building is a TOD -trail oriented building! (although it is located right next to the future Trax line which will have a station that connects directly to the trail shown in the pictures) This is located on the intersection of two regional trails which are the Murdock Canal Trail which connects down to Orem and the Rail Trail which connects down to old town Lehi and a section is being completed that will tie it into Draper this year. This building has an indoor bike room and shower facilities for those who ride to work:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4800.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4800.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4814.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4814.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4813.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4813.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4810.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4810.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4804.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4804.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4805.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4805.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4807.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4807.jpg.html)

Ivory Ridge – This area includes some townhomes, condos, office, and some retail going in:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4787.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4787.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4788.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4788.jpg.html)

Skyridge High School:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4784.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4784.jpg.html)

StevenF
Jun 25, 2016, 9:47 AM
Now that I live in American Fork, I drive by these on a regular basis. I haven't seen anything new starting up recently. Most of what is going in is to the cladding/finishing point.

delts145
Jun 25, 2016, 4:02 PM
Steven, has there been any word lately on the project to beautify A.F.'s downtown strip? They really need to get there act together on that. Also, the old Harrington Elementary. Please tell me some of or any of the changes going on around town. I still bleed Caveman blood, so I'm always interested to hear the local scuttlebutt.

Highrise_Mike
Jun 28, 2016, 6:22 AM
I was just going through again your last update of Lehi projects Mike. I had forgotten how many there were. Amazing! Are there a few new ones being talked about or breaking ground recently, that we'll have to look forward to? Also, how's the Traverse Outlets doing? Is it built out now, or are they talking of expanding it even further?

I was thinking Mike that with all of these big companies locating and expanding into the Lehi fabric, I'm expecting Lehi to really hit them up for some seriously attractive infrastructure contributions. Developments like making Old Main a destination entertainment center, or cultural attractions such as the performing arts organizations and accompanying venues. I expect a very bright future for Northern Utah Valley, particularly Alpine, Highland and Lehi.

There are some projects in the works right now but office growth seems to be slowing a bit. With all the new buildings in Lehi, Draper, Midvale, Sandy developers are being a little more cautious now because they don't want to build so much that the market is saturated. I can say that Young Living is looking to build 500k square feet space in two phases for their world headquarters, it would have two buildings that are 5 floors each and would have planted atriums inside and some trees on the roof. I will try and get a rendering to post.

There is an office park going through the approval process for 4 buildings that are 2-3 floors each near Oracle.

The Family Search building is under construction on the old Thanksgiving Point driving range, although that decision of approval is being appealed by some of the residents in the nearby subdivision. That will be quite the heated BOA meeting!

There is what I think is an exciting project coming up in Thanksgiving Point soon although I need wait a little before I say what it is :)

On Lehi Main I totally agree that it would be awesome to have it as a destination center. I think to really get the ball rolling it will take some investment and work on the city side of things. I know there are small tech startup companies in a couple buildings on Main and more would probably come if there was some additional small scale office space in a mixed use sort of situation.

It's definitely a growing place right now and I hope we will have some good projects coming up!

JMK
Jul 18, 2016, 2:58 PM
Springville officials finalizing plans for $18 million aquatic center

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=40703459&nid=148&title=springville-officials-finalizing-plans-for-18-million-aquatic-center

Springville officials are working hard to finalize plans by Sept. 1 for an $18 million new city aquatic center. Construction is set to begin in October.

The completed Springville Aquatic Center will cover about 6-8 acres, pending final details on the site plan, according to city attorney John Penrod.Plans for the center, created by VCBO Architecture, feature multiple pools, including a 10-lane multiuse pool, a spa, a recreational pool with a current channel, a toddler pool and two slides that will drop swimmers into a "splash down" pool.

http://img.ksl.com/slc/2596/259602/25960267.jpg?filter=ksl/img614

delts145
Jul 23, 2016, 11:24 AM
I've been adding several sessions a week of power walking to my fitness regimen. Weights alone just wasn't enough, and I wanted to get some beneficial cardio in. Anyway, I'm loving all these fantastic trails that the Wasatch Metro has been implementing these past few years. I look forward to using them when I move back. My goal is to ultimately be at least a part time resident of the Wasatch Front.

Mike, if you're over in the Provo/Orem area could you give us an update on the University Mall project? It's been a while since we've had any updates, and that is a HUGE development. Also, I've been wondering if the Midtown Village plans have finally gotten underway. Remember how that thing sat in limbo for several years? The new owners had major expansion plans for it, in addition to finishing up the original section. Has anyone been by there lately?


This is Perry Commercial’s latest building now complete with their first tenant Maritz CX. This building is a TOD -trail oriented building! (although it is located right next to the future Trax line, which will have a station that connects directly to the trail shown in the pictures). This development sector is located on the intersection of two regional trails, the Murdock Canal Trail, which connects down to Orem and the Rail Trail, which also connects down to old town Lehi. Also, a section is being completed that will tie it into Draper this year. This building has an indoor bike room and shower facilities for those who ride to work:
http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4800.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4800.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4814.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4814.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4813.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4813.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4810.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4810.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4804.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4804.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4805.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4805.jpg.html)

http://i617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/mikeedwardwest/IMG_4807.jpg (http://s617.photobucket.com/user/mikeedwardwest/media/IMG_4807.jpg.html)
Pics By Highrise_Mike

.

Stenar
Jul 27, 2016, 3:22 AM
On a positive note, I am encouraged by the design of these suburban office buildings. On a negative note, I'm discouraged that they are continuing to grow at the rate here than in downtown areas. Tech companies are already finding it hard to recruit tech workers from out of state. The trend has been showing that a growing number of tech workers/millenials are preferring to live in much more urban areas, ie. close to downtown San Fran, Seattle, etc. From all the explosive growth happening out there, it only suggests more sprawl growing out from Lehi, and north and west of Utah Lake.

Most tech people in Utah want to live in the suburbs. Also, millennials are not turning out to be more urban than previous generations. When they buy their first homes, millennials move to the suburbs, like everyone else.

Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes
curbed.com (http://www.curbed.com/2016/6/21/11956516/millennial-first-time-home-trends-suburbs)

Why More Millennials Are Buying Homes in the Suburbs
usnews.com (http://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/why-more-millennials-are-buying-homes-in-the-suburbs/)

Why Millennials Are About to Leave Cities in Droves
fortune.com (http://fortune.com/2016/03/28/millennials-leaving-cities/)

"...there’s mounting evidence that millennials’ love of cities was a passing fling that became a shotgun wedding thanks to the Great Recession. Millennials don’t love cities any more than previous generations, the counterargument goes—they’ve just been stuck there longer, pining for the suburbs all the while."

ThePusherMan
Jul 27, 2016, 5:52 AM
Does anyone pine for the suburbs. Aren't we just forced to the burbs when we buy a house because most people don't turn out to be wealthy enough to afford the city?

i-215
Jul 27, 2016, 7:04 PM
Does anyone pine for the suburbs. Aren't we just forced to the burbs when we buy a house because most people don't turn out to be wealthy enough to afford the city?

Yep. Urban planners talk about the "hidden subsidy of the automobile," yet it is that very subsidy that allows me to be able to afford to LIVE, period.

The proof is in the pudding:
I can't afford to live in central SLC as a single guy, even though it would be totally cool to do so. Eventually adding a wife and a couple of kids to the mix will really make urban living unaffordable.


My only hope is that some seniors decide to "trade down" to smaller condos and free up their old houses for me to buy and a reasonable price (but so far, seniors like my parents seem perfectly content staying put). Without old houses freeing up, it's out toward Payson for me with a loooooooooong commute. I will not raise kids in an unaffordable urban condo. I'd rather sacrifice my health and sanity driving hundreds of miles a week so my kids get a shot at a good childhood. I'm far from alone.

EPdesign
Jul 27, 2016, 7:21 PM
Yep. Urban planners talk about the "hidden subsidy of the automobile," yet it is that very subsidy that allows me to be able to afford to LIVE, period.

The proof is in the pudding:
I can't afford to live in central SLC as a single guy, even though it would be totally cool to do so. Eventually adding a wife and a couple of kids to the mix will really make urban living unaffordable.


My only hope is that some seniors decide to "trade down" to smaller condos and free up their old houses for me to buy and a reasonable price (but so far, seniors like my parents seem perfectly content staying put). Without old houses freeing up, it's out toward Payson for me with a loooooooooong commute. I will not raise kids in an unaffordable urban condo. I'd rather sacrifice my health and sanity driving hundreds of miles a week so my kids get a shot at a good childhood. I'm far from alone.

I agree. I work downtown and would love to live Downtown or close to it, but purchased my home in west valley. My mortgage for a 97' 4 bed 2 bth is less than a new one bedroom apartment. I and have roommates wich help mitigate the cost. No way I could afford a one bedroom and live comfortably on my own.

Future Mayor
Jul 27, 2016, 7:23 PM
How much to you spend on a car payment and car related expenses, insurance, maintenance etc?

Makid
Jul 27, 2016, 7:40 PM
I am currently looking to move into downtown. My problem is that the size to cost ratio is completely crazy.

I am married but we only have my income due to medical reasons. We need at least 1,100 Sq Ft if not closer to 1,300.

The average cost of a condo in this range (1100 - 1300 sq ft) is more than a 2,200 sq ft house just outside of downtown.

This is what really needs to change for more people to move to downtown. The average price needs to come down or the average size needs to go up. Until there is a shift, it will be harder to entice more people to move downtown.

Sure there are intangibles in the costs, such as closeness to and walking to nearly everything needed including transit and living mostly car free. But IMO, these don't cover the cost aspect.

I don't really get paying $400,000 for a condo downtown when I can pay $200,000 for a condo/house/townhouse 1/2 mile to 1 mile outside of downtown on a higher frequency transit line. I am willing to pay a bit more for the convenience of being able to walk to work, shopping, groceries and the like but this increase shouldn't be so drastic.

Buying 2 Hive passes and waiting up to 15 minutes for the next bus/train and riding for 5 minutes to walk downtown for the above stated items means that I may be out an additional 10 minutes due to walking/transit times and the Hive pass cost but still have the same benefits as living downtown. These 10 minutes shouldn't be worth the doubling of costs.

Now, with the above said, I personally do want to live downtown. I just need to find the right deal (price to size).

Future Mayor
Jul 27, 2016, 10:07 PM
I am currently looking to move into downtown. My problem is that the size to cost ratio is completely crazy.

I am married but we only have my income due to medical reasons. We need at least 1,100 Sq Ft if not closer to 1,300.

The average cost of a condo in this range (1100 - 1300 sq ft) is more than a 2,200 sq ft house just outside of downtown.

This is what really needs to change for more people to move to downtown. The average price needs to come down or the average size needs to go up. Until there is a shift, it will be harder to entice more people to move downtown.

Sure there are intangibles in the costs, such as closeness to and walking to nearly everything needed including transit and living mostly car free. But IMO, these don't cover the cost aspect.

I don't really get paying $400,000 for a condo downtown when I can pay $200,000 for a condo/house/townhouse 1/2 mile to 1 mile outside of downtown on a higher frequency transit line. I am willing to pay a bit more for the convenience of being able to walk to work, shopping, groceries and the like but this increase shouldn't be so drastic.

Buying 2 Hive passes and waiting up to 15 minutes for the next bus/train and riding for 5 minutes to walk downtown for the above stated items means that I may be out an additional 10 minutes due to walking/transit times and the Hive pass cost but still have the same benefits as living downtown. These 10 minutes shouldn't be worth the doubling of costs.

Now, with the above said, I personally do want to live downtown. I just need to find the right deal (price to size).

I just happen to know a great Real Estate Agent, that lives downtown and would love to assist you in your search. ;)

One additional benefit is you can reduce your car insurance based on it not being used on a daily basis. :tup:

javiniscool
Sep 24, 2016, 1:42 AM
So I know it may seem like Lehi seems to have lots of development popping up that we forget to notice what's in our own backyard. I saw all of these projects in the works and/or recently completed for Orem City and it is a lot. Kudos Orem. All of this info came from http://econdev.orem.org/orem/about-orem/current-projects/

1. 1600 North Office Building - 1385 W. 1600 N.
2. 800 North Office Buildings - 964 E. 800 N.
3. Exceleration Tumbling Gym - 1608 S. Sandhill Rd.
4. Garff Honda & VW - 195 E. University Parkway - looks like an facade upgrade
5. Jive Communications - 1187 N. 1200 W. - 9 stories! :)
6. K Dub Office - 1002 N. 1200 W.
7. NES Services - 266 S.Mountain Way Drive
8. Orem Business Park - 1471 W. 1250 S.
9. Sun Canyon Villas - 470 S. State St.
10. Telos School - 658 S. Geneva Rd.
11. The Stop Convenience Store - 1152 W. Center St.
12. Trafagla Office Building - 168 S. 1200 W. - Do you think they will put a mini-golf course on the roof for work parties? hahaha:laugh:
13. UPS Facility Expansion - 573 N. 1500 W.
14. Union Fort Warehouse - 1480 W. 800 N.
15. University Place - 575 W. University Parkway - This is a proposed buildinghttp://econdev.orem.org/media/userfiles/subsite_103/images/CurrentProjects/up_2.jpg
16 - WW Clyde Headquarters - 869 N. 1500 W.

Orlando
Sep 24, 2016, 3:50 AM
That is why downtown SLC struggles to see much of any development.

i-215
Sep 24, 2016, 7:22 AM
That is why downtown SLC struggles to see much of any development.

On the flip side, do we really want people living in Orem/Provo and commuting into downtown Salt Lake?

An upside of suburban office parks is that it helps fix the jobs/population imbalance.

delts145
Sep 24, 2016, 11:18 AM
It's been a very long time since we've had any picture updates of everything going on at the former University Mall area. That is a huge project, and I imagine that a lot has happened in the way of construction this past year.

JMK
Sep 26, 2016, 6:11 PM
Anyone know who's the architect for university place?
Nexus? I know they were involved with other parts of the improvements

http://www.archnexus.com/projects/university-place/

delts145
Sep 27, 2016, 1:24 AM
University Place

A few online shots of one of the new office buildings reaching completion. Interesting for those of us who aren't in the area these days.

http://www.utahbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NorthStar-Home-1920x500.jpg
http://www.utahbusiness.com

http://www.utahbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NorthStar-Home-750x350.jpg
http://www.utahbusiness.com

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324662a4-5ea7-548f-a58c-e3376ed0e7b1/572bfe7a3c70f.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com

http://econdev.orem.org/media/userfiles/subsite_103/images/CurrentProjects/up_1.jpg
http://econdev.orem.org

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/81/281898d2-a910-544b-8119-5236a59d25e7/572bfe7b16ce5.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C802
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com

This was a part of the project that those of us not in the area and familiar with the specifics will find interesting.
The new road connecting 800 E. and State St. is a much needed improvement. I use to hate having to take that former back way.
Here are also some of the details in an article from July's Herald http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/orem/new-road-to-open-at-university-place-construction-update/article_35a3ae0f-e7fc-5cd6-93cc-a609c2a1b23f.html
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/8b/18bc7e3c-16ce-5bd1-9908-ccacd1ac2fff/5793f42a48486.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com

.

UrbanDesign
Sep 27, 2016, 4:40 AM
Anyone know who's the architect for university place?
Nexus? I know they were involved with other parts of the improvements

http://www.archnexus.com/projects/university-place/

Nexus did the building on the corner of State and Parkway that is almost complete and Woodbury is doing the design in-house for that 9ish story building a rendering was shown on the last page.

arkhitektor
Sep 27, 2016, 2:49 PM
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324662a4-5ea7-548f-a58c-e3376ed0e7b1/572bfe7a3c70f.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800

It's a great building that looks totally out of place in the parking lot of a mall next to a Texas Roadhouse...

TonyAnderson
Sep 27, 2016, 3:22 PM
That is why downtown SLC struggles to see much of any development.

Though downtown Seattle seems to be fine in spite of Bellevue. Also, those Orem projects are mostly warehouses and car dealerships.

Some developers are more interested in building in Provo/Orem than SLC, not many, but some. More worrisome is the office parks like Thanksgiving Point and Draper, but they'll fill out eventually.

JMK
Sep 27, 2016, 3:31 PM
Thanks UrbandDesign

Orlando
Sep 27, 2016, 7:04 PM
Though downtown Seattle seems to be fine in spite of Bellevue. Also, those Orem projects are mostly warehouses and car dealerships.

Some developers are more interested in building in Provo/Orem than SLC, not many, but some. More worrisome is the office parks like Thanksgiving Point and Draper, but they'll fill out eventually.

I think the difference is that there is more office space being built in Utah Valley and Draper, etc. than there is downtown SLC. Downtown Seattle has twice as much or more buildings going up than Bellevue, though Bellevue is building a lot also.

delts145
Sep 28, 2016, 12:56 AM
It's a great building that looks totally out of place in the parking lot of a mall next to a Texas Roadhouse...

Agree...And something tells me that the Jared's and Texas Roadhouse's days are numbered. It looks pretty likely that for now they're only placeholders.

http://econdev.orem.org/media/userfiles/subsite_103/images/Concept%20-%20University%20Parkway%20Looking%20East.png

I really like this little cluster of density over on the other side of the Mall. I can really see something like this happening in the near future with Fashion Place, probably it's next redevelopment go around. Surprised it already hasn't happened, with as prime a location as it is.

http://econdev.orem.org/media/userfiles/subsite_103/images/Concept%20-%20University%20Place%20North%20Office%20Building.png

jtrent77
Nov 1, 2016, 4:11 AM
I hesitate posting this because I know people will start criticizing it all over again....but here goes nothing:

Pleasant Grove City Council approves Evermore Gardens’ plans for immersive experience (http://utahvalley360.com/2016/10/24/pleasant-grove-city-approves-evermore-gardens/)
Evermore Gardens, which was originally planned as a larger park named Evermore Park, will be a 15-acre immersive garden park. Bretschneider describes Evermore Gardens as “Gardner Village on steroids” and having the feel of a “European Hamlet.”

airportvids
Nov 1, 2016, 5:31 AM
I hesitate posting this because I know people will start criticizing it all over again....but here goes nothing:

Pleasant Grove City Council approves Evermore Gardens’ plans for immersive experience (http://utahvalley360.com/2016/10/24/pleasant-grove-city-approves-evermore-gardens/)
Evermore Gardens, which was originally planned as a larger park named Evermore Park, will be a 15-acre immersive garden park. Bretschneider describes Evermore Gardens as “Gardner Village on steroids” and having the feel of a “European Hamlet.”

And then next month Ken will have a new plan. Just pick one and break ground already.

Future Mayor
Nov 1, 2016, 2:56 PM
While I have criticized him in the past, I do like that he's a dreamer and has shoots big. Sure none of it has worked out yet, but I do hope that he is able to get something going there. I think it's a good idea that he's starting small and owns enough acreage there that maybe it could expand into something larger if there seems to be a demand. I do like that they will provide a shuttle from Front Runner. Along those same lines, and I know I've posed the questions before, but does Lagoon have a free Front Runner shuttle?

I shouldn't be to hard on a dreamer as I'm one too.

Stenar
Nov 1, 2016, 11:27 PM
UTA runs a FREE bus from Frontrunner to Lagoon all day.


While I have criticized him in the past, I do like that he's a dreamer and has shoots big. Sure none of it has worked out yet, but I do hope that he is able to get something going there. I think it's a good idea that he's starting small and owns enough acreage there that maybe it could expand into something larger if there seems to be a demand. I do like that they will provide a shuttle from Front Runner. Along those same lines, and I know I've posed the questions before, but does Lagoon have a free Front Runner shuttle?

I shouldn't be to hard on a dreamer as I'm one too.

DanskeUtahn
Dec 24, 2016, 5:46 AM
So I came across this vision for American Fork on Perkins Eastmans Website.
Does anybody know anything about this?
http://perkinseastman.com/dynamic/image/week/asset/liquid/1500x/92/777777/Center/3434522.jpg

I hope this really is in the works.
Here is the link to the page
http://www.perkinseastman.com/project_3434517_american_fork_patriot_village_vision_plan

DanskeUtahn
Dec 24, 2016, 6:08 AM
Here is a link to American Forks City Council meeting about the TOD projecthttp://afcity.org/agendacenter/city-council-2/?#10202016-898

Liberty Wellsian
Dec 24, 2016, 9:10 PM
Is that land officially part of AF? I've been wondering if AF and Lehi would clash over annexing that area as well as clashing over acquiring the much coveted water rights from farmers.

I know Lehi and Highland were at odds over land recently.

delts145
Dec 27, 2016, 3:47 PM
Commercial Development Booming Along Southern Wasatch Front

Deseret News - Jason Lee - http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865669865/Commercial-development-booming-in-Utah-Salt-Lake-counties.html

http://cdn.deseretnews.com/images/article/heroimage/1784778/1784778.jpg

SALT LAKE CITY — As the state's economy continues to thrive, the volume of office buildings and commercial projects under construction of late along the southern Wasatch Front is at a near record pace — the bulk of which is situated in the heart of Utah's tech hub.

In Utah County, the amount of office space being leased has more than doubled since last year, and nearly twice the amount of 2014, according to data from commercial real estate firm Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors.

The Utah County office market has experienced significant growth in 2016, with more than 1.1 million square feet of positive office space absorption, explained Lana Howell, director of technology services for CBC Advisors. The absorption rate is the level at which rentable space is filled or leased to a tenant.

"We're seeing the supply increase and the demand go up at the same time," Howell said.

This year, 1.6 million square feet of high-end space is reaching completion, with large amounts of new space on the market quickly absorbed by new and expanding tenants, she said...

.

delts145
Dec 28, 2016, 10:34 AM
A confluence of conservation and development: The top 5 north Utah County stories of 2016

The Daily Herald - Karissa Neely

The year 2016 was an interesting contrast of themes in northern Utah County. While north Utah County continues its reign as the heart of development and explosive growth,
it was also a haven for conservation as area residents still strove to protect the region’s natural beauty.

Here are the Daily Herald's selections for the top five stories in northern Utah County this year: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/alpine/a-confluence-of-conservation-and-development-the-top-north-utah/article_8c7badde-c3d5-5448-8f54-f05dfc20f2e8.html

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/76/f76f400a-f930-5e95-954e-5f1dfd413d25/585ebc9163266.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C676
Doninic Valente, Daily Herald - Construction workers on site near the Traverse Mountain area work on new retail developments, including a new grocery store...

.

delts145
Feb 7, 2017, 1:43 PM
Good to see this project back on. I think that the VOID aspect in particular has great potential for Ken in the future.

It looks like Evermore is back on. Work is set to begin this week and will now include and state-of-the-art go-kart track and the first VOID location.
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=43107319&nid=148&title=plans-back-on-for-fantasy-theme-park-in-pleasant-grove

I hope that someday a VOID location will be built in Gateway. I imagine it having a similar draw to the escape rooms there, just geared towards a different client.

Plans Back On For Fantasy Theme Park In Pleasant Grove

By Sam Penrod
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=43107319&nid=148&title=plans-back-on-for-fantasy-theme-park-in-pleasant-grove

http://img.ksl.com/slc/2611/261119/26111901.jpg?filter=ksl/pgallery
The Evermore Park project seemed to stall for the past couple of years, but construction
is set to begin later this week on what the founder believes will become a big attraction for Utah. (KSL TV)

.

i-215
Feb 9, 2017, 12:18 AM
Considering I now buy regularly gasoline on a chunk of what was originally the park's site, I still am a huge skeptic.

That said, I do feel the project adds to the community -- but as a skeptic/realist I just do not believe it will ever actually be financed, built, or see sustainable foot traffic to stay open.

millhouse
Feb 28, 2017, 11:26 PM
Considering I now buy regularly gasoline on a chunk of what was originally the park's site, I still am a huge skeptic.

That said, I do feel the project adds to the community -- but as a skeptic/realist I just do not believe it will ever actually be financed, built, or see sustainable foot traffic to stay open.

This project is fully funded. Apparently Boyer views the project differently than you as they are the money behind most of it. If it hasn't broken ground it will shortly.

i-215
Mar 2, 2017, 12:35 AM
This project is fully funded. Apparently Boyer views the project differently than you as they are the money behind most of it. If it hasn't broken ground it will shortly.

Hmm. Well, if true that Boyer is backing it --- well, that financing is a huge step. I wish them well. :cheers:

I look forward to watching construction from Pump #5 at Holiday Oil.

Future Mayor
Mar 2, 2017, 5:59 PM
Hmm. Well, if true that Boyer is backing it --- well, that financing is a huge step. I wish them well. :cheers:

I look forward to watching construction from Pump #5 at Holiday Oil.

I wonder if Boyer offered to back it, if Ken decided to drop his Void Center proposal.

Future Mayor
Mar 2, 2017, 6:02 PM
So I came across this vision for American Fork on Perkins Eastmans Website.
Does anybody know anything about this?
http://perkinseastman.com/dynamic/image/week/asset/liquid/1500x/92/777777/Center/3434522.jpg

I hope this really is in the works.
Here is the link to the page
http://www.perkinseastman.com/project_3434517_american_fork_patriot_village_vision_plan

This didn't get very much discussion, but if this were to come about this would be amazing. The fact that AF has this much vision in relation to their FrontRunner station is very impressive. This would be a true TOD. The fact that the station is approached from a promenade rather than a parking lot, I realize the parking garage is on the other side of the platform, and that the entire development is focused on that station. If they stick to their guns and can find developers that share this vision that will be a very impressive place.

delts145
Mar 3, 2017, 3:56 PM
^^^
For a century American Fork was considered the hub of Northern Utah County. I think that has kind of been replaced by a far more aggressive Lehi. Maybe American Fork could grab back some of it's former glory if this were to actually come to fruition. I keep hoping that A.F. will someday realize it's incredible potential.

wrendog
Mar 3, 2017, 5:19 PM
There is a 0.0% chance than anything remotely close to what is depicted in that rendering comes to fruition.

delts145
Mar 3, 2017, 5:45 PM
I think it will happen eventually, but not in our lifetime. Right now, I would be happy if Am. Fork would just give the historic core and Main/State the attention it deserves.

UrbanDesign
Mar 5, 2017, 4:24 AM
I wonder if Boyer offered to back it, if Ken decided to drop his Void Center proposal.

You will be happy to know that the VOID is still planned to be part of Evermore. I got to take a special visit last week and try out their system with my wife. They are headquartered in the old Noah's bldg. in AF. It was even better than I could have ever imagined! It will be the next big thing that will put Utah on the map! After our trial run, we found out that they are still planning on having the void be part of Evermore and that they are breaking ground soon!

I should be awesome and you all should take the trip to AF once the VOID is open! Definitely worth your money!!

DanskeUtahn
Mar 5, 2017, 5:35 AM
Void is in Lindon, in the old Noah's building, I cannot wait for Void to open, it is going to be epic. I agree, It will definitely put Utah on the map!

UrbanDesign
Mar 6, 2017, 5:56 PM
Void is in Lindon, in the old Noah's building, I cannot wait for Void to open, it is going to be epic. I agree, It will definitely put Utah on the map!

My bad, I don't know where the city boundaries are for UT county. Just saw something on the I-15 exit saying AF and that stuck in my head. You are right, it is in Lindon.

Definitely check it out when it opens though!

plutonicpanda
Mar 7, 2017, 4:33 AM
There is a 0.0% chance than anything remotely close to what is depicted in that rendering comes to fruition.That's the spirit!

delts145
Mar 8, 2017, 10:23 AM
Speaking of American Fork. Did they ever finally get that smell problem taken care of with the sewage treatment plant out next to I-15?

Liberty Wellsian
Mar 8, 2017, 8:48 PM
Speaking of American Fork. Did they ever finally get that smell problem taken care of with the sewage treatment plant out next to I-15?

I don't think so. AF has the plant but PG and Lindon get the smell.

I-15
Mar 8, 2017, 11:13 PM
Speaking of American Fork. Did they ever finally get that smell problem taken care of with the sewage treatment plant out next to I-15?

Funny you should ask. I could smell it pretty bad this morning near 500 East/State in AF.

delts145
Mar 9, 2017, 1:12 AM
I can't believe that's still an issue. I remember also smelling it around the Gold's Gym area multiple times.

delts145
Mar 11, 2017, 3:06 PM
I was looking at some pics of the new Revere Medical Clinic in Salem(now completed) and remembered what a beautiful area of the Valley Salem is located in. Looking at pics of Alpine and Salem made me very homesick. So many gorgeous spots in Utah Valley!

Revere Medical Clinic
http://www.utahbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Salem-Campus-of-Revere-Health-970x350.jpg


http://utahcountyreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/salem-city-utah-1024x597.png


http://www.keyrenterorem.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Salem-Property-Management.jpg
http://www.keyrenterorem.com


https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7289/8742637011_d6054b1dde_b.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com

.

TonyAnderson
Mar 19, 2017, 9:42 PM
More freeway widening and construction going up in Lehi soon. Yay!

This was set to start in 2020 but after a number of people in the area complained about traffic being bad (who would have thought, with how well planned out Thanksgiving Point has been?) they got it moved up to 2018.

http://www.heraldextra.com/business/local/business-advocacy-group-pushes-for-lehi-i--expansion-start/article_6d2bb1f6-401d-51d1-b05d-6ef7193e9cd2.html

delts145
Mar 19, 2017, 11:24 PM
Tony, Did I read the article correctly? It seems like the decision to move the date up is still not decided. I hope they do move it up. Kind of odd that of all areas they chose to leave a bottleneck, it would be the fastest growing area in the metro.

TonyAnderson
Mar 20, 2017, 6:02 AM
Tony, Did I read the article correctly? It seems like the decision to move the date up is still not decided. I hope they do move it up. Kind of odd that of all areas they chose to leave a bottleneck, it would be the fastest growing area in the metro.

This article is a notch old, but yes that group got the legislator to move the date up to 2018.

delts145
Mar 21, 2017, 9:22 AM
Good to hear. That border area of Utah/Salt Lake Valley is a big part of what is driving the metro's economic engine. It would be pretty short sided not to address the issue immediately.

Also, speaking of that area. Highrise Mike, It's been too long since one of your stellar photo updates. I imagine that many of those projects are now completed, and even a couple of new ones have popped up. I so look forward to your pics. I hope you'll be able to pencil in a little time in the near future to cover the growth of that amazing area.

StevenF
Apr 3, 2017, 10:35 PM
Good to hear. That border area of Utah/Salt Lake Valley is a big part of what is driving the metro's economic engine. It would be pretty short sided not to address the issue immediately.

Also, speaking of that area. Highrise Mike, It's been too long since one of your stellar photo updates. I imagine that many of those projects are now completed, and even a couple of new ones have popped up. I so look forward to your pics. I hope you'll be able to pencil in a little time in the near future to cover the growth of that amazing area.

Most of the projects are finished and there hasn't really been much of anything starting recently in the Thanksgiving Point/Travers Mountain area.

delts145
Apr 4, 2017, 12:21 PM
I realize most are finished. I can't help myself though, since this area of the valley is my old stomping grounds. I'm always aching to see pics of anything related to Northern Utah Valley, even recently finished projects.

Here's one of the newly completed projects. I imagine this looks pretty cool from I-15.
http://www.uccu.com/home/fiFiles/static/images/60years_fc_ribboncutting.jpg
On October 12, 2016, we celebrated the opening of the UCCU Financial Center in the heart of Lehi. A Ribbon Cutting ceremony kicked off a series of Open Houses that were free to the public. Mike Orme, Chairman of The UCCU Board of Directors, cut the official ribbon as Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson said: “This is really one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve had the opportunity to be in.”

StevenF
Apr 5, 2017, 7:43 PM
I realize most are finished. I can't help myself though, since this area of the valley is my old stomping grounds. I'm always aching to see pics of anything related to Northern Utah Valley, even recently finished projects.

Here's one of the newly completed projects. I imagine this looks pretty cool from I-15.
http://www.uccu.com/home/fiFiles/static/images/60years_fc_ribboncutting.jpg
On October 12, 2016, we celebrated the opening of the UCCU Financial Center in the heart of Lehi. A Ribbon Cutting ceremony kicked off a series of Open Houses that were free to the public. Mike Orme, Chairman of The UCCU Board of Directors, cut the official ribbon as Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson said: “This is really one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve had the opportunity to be in.”

Driving North from AF main street along I-15 yesterday I noticed some land being moved and some initial work going on just south of the UCCU building. Don't usually drive that section of I-15 since it is easier to drive 100 E up to Timpanogos Highway. Not sure what is going in that location but maybe someone else here does.

JMK
Apr 5, 2017, 8:38 PM
Innovation Pointe

400,000 square foot Class A office development in the heart of Utah's Silicon Slopes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65bPU9q5WGg&t=1s

StevenF
Apr 5, 2017, 8:48 PM
That is depressing as the area I was speaking of is just another Walmart.

By the way, just use 65bPU9q5WGg when you post youtube links. All you need is the end part to make it work.

i-215
Apr 5, 2017, 8:48 PM
I worry opportunity cost is high by building such sprawling complexes. What happens when the limited land there builds out? Where will new office space go? (Hint: NOT Lehi)

If this Silicon Slopes thing is really as big as advertised, then Lehi leaders really should be pushing for buildings more like UCCU and fewer like this proposed development.

JMK
Apr 5, 2017, 9:49 PM
Thanks, strange I tried the BBcode earlier It wasn't working, maybe I did something wacky

65bPU9q5WGg

StevenF
Apr 5, 2017, 9:55 PM
JKM, this forum is so out of date I stopped laughing 2 year ago. The BBCode link you are given in YouTube does not work on this site but that code at the end of the address works.

delts145
Apr 6, 2017, 11:18 AM
Innovation Pointe

400,000 square foot Class A office development in the heart of Utah's Silicon Slopes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65bPU9q5WGg&t=1s

Thanks for that post JMK. I agree that those expansive campuses are not exactly what we would like to see by way of urbanism. One thing to keep in mind though is, they do continue to rapidly draw down the amount of available land to be extravagant with. Also, most of these campuses to have a layout that can easily be made denser as the metro matures. Admittedly, I think the look of those buildings are pretty cool.

There was a nice update on Ken's new endeavor in the Deseret News today. I'm really hoping this thing takes off gangbusters for him. Reason being, he is one individual that I know will take a lot of his available resources to create some pretty cool developments throughout the Wasatch Front. The Air Center in Downtown Salt Lake didn't pan out for now, but knowing Ken he'll keep at it until outstanding developments do pan out. If nothing else he's doggedly persistent, and many things have already showed a lot of success for him.

Lindon company takes virtual reality to the next level with Ghostbusters: Experience (+video)

By Art Raymond - The Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865677184/Lindon-company-takes-virtual-reality-to-the-next-level-with-Ghostbusters-Experience.html

...As for Lindon, officials are thrilled to be the third in line behind New York and Dubai to play host to the virtual reality game space and also have the bragging rights as home to The Void's world headquarters.

"It's an exciting thing to have a company of this caliber based here in Lindon," said Hugh Van Wagenen, the city's planning and development director. "They are having a positive impact on the entire area."
1 comment on this story
Van Wagenen noted his community continues to attract interest from new and expanding tech companies and that the energy generated by The Void's success has only helped.

"To have all of that attention and pull in so much talent and buzz from other industry leaders is really great," Van Wagenen said.

The Void's Ghostbusters: Experience in Lindon opens at 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 and are available to participants ages 10 and over and a minimum of 48 inches tall...

http://cdn.deseretnews.com/images/article/hires/1823946/1823946.jpg
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News - Lyndsey Besser demonstrates the equipment used in the Ghostbusters Dimension at The Void in Lindon on Monday, April 3, 2017.

.

delts145
Apr 9, 2017, 11:08 AM
Aquatherm Worldwide Chooses Lindon As Its No. American Offices and Fabricating Headquarters

Karissa Neely, Daily Herald http://www.heraldextra.com/business/local/aquatherm-pipes-its-roots-into-lindon/article_789b658d-f629-5f22-a124-82a244887bb0.html

...Aquatherm manufactures and supplies polypropylene-random, or PP-R, pipe systems around the world...

...Jim Paschal, company chief technology officer, and Jordan Hardy, CEO, couldn’t be more happy about Aquatherm’s accomplishments and future...

...The company started in 1973 in Gerhard Rosenberg’s garage in Germany. According to Hardy, it’s the standard pipe material product for much of Europe...

... Paschal said the United States was one of the last markets to interest Aquatherm executives, because of the country’s business and environmental regulations. He worked for five years prior to the 2007 launch just to weed through all the regulatory processes. When the company finally earned its approvals, Paschal, Hardy and the executive team chose Utah as its headquarters because of its business-friendly atmosphere, despite being many miles from a seaport.

“Can I say this? We selected Utah because it’s not California. The code issues, the weather, the workforce — it all made Utah rise to the top,” Hardy said...

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/50/d5054157-37dc-58eb-8e68-d9fcd67ae75d/58e6ce6e6ebce.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800
Photo By Dominic Valente, Daily Herald


.

delts145
Apr 9, 2017, 11:43 AM
Edit: I've posted the following pictures purely as an appreciation of their architectural design aesthetic. From a subjective view point, I'm hoping that the design chosen for the announced Saratoga Springs religious structure is another reflection of historical craftsmanship. That is just my opinion of the architectural aspect and it's contribution to the community. It's unfortunate that someone would feel compelled to raise the ugly face of bigotry, as seen in the follow-up post. (Note, follow-up post was deleted...Thanks Viperlord)

I think most on this forum have a respectful opinion on their preferred style for religious structures, be it contemporary or hearkening back to the more traditional. Also, some have expressed an opinion that they wish these structures would be built at the core of the city, vs. say on a hill outside of town.

The announcement of an LDS Temple for Saratoga Springs is not surprising, as this areas population is exploding. The Tri-City Lehi/Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mtn. now serves some 27 LDS Stakes.

If only from a design perspective, I am excited to see what the LDS Church will pursue as the style for this building. Perhaps, along the historical lines of so many of the recent temples like Philadelphia, Meridian, Cedar City, etc.

Also, I'm thinking it would probably be perched on one of the benches on the west side of town. The views there, over the Lake and Timp/Wasatch are surreal.

Excitement in Saratoga Springs Over Construction Of New LDS Temple

By Brittany Johnson - ABC4 UTAH
http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/excitement-in-saratoga-springs-over-new-lds-temple/684696227

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Five new temples were announced by President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The announcement came during his address at the 187th annual General Conference.

One of the five new temples will be built in Saratoga Springs...

...The LDS Church does own property within Saratoga Springs but there is no word as to where the church will break ground on the new temple, but speculation has already started...


Recent Design Examples :

Cedar City, Utah
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/cedarcity/gallery/images/cedar-city-mormon-temple1.jpg
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/cedarcity/gallery/download.php?id=9881

Meridian (Metro Boise), Idaho
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/meridian/gallery/images/meridian-mormon-temple1.jpg
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/meridian/gallery/download.php?id=8191

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/philadelphia/gallery/images/philadelphia-mormon-temple20.jpg
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/philadelphia/gallery/images/philadelphia-mormon-temple20.jpg

Tijuana, Mexico
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/tijuana/gallery/images/tijuana-mormon-temple10.jpg
http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/tijuana/gallery/images/tijuana-mormon-temple10.jpg

.

delts145
Apr 14, 2017, 10:32 AM
I would say this is a pretty important project that we haven't covered on here.

Under Construction - The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts
UVU breaks ground on long-awaited performing arts building -

http://utahvalley360.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Norda-Renderings-sm-1.jpg
UtahValley360

Braley Dodsen, Daily Herald - File Article, December 2016

...The groundbreaking served as the final public moment of the university’s 75th anniversary celebration, which began with the announcement that a historic $22 million in private donations was raised in two years to fund the building. The state Legislature has agreed to provide another $32 million over two years for the project. The building will cost $60 million.

...The building will include 130,000 square feet of performing and teaching space, a 900-seat concert hall, a 501-seat proscenium theater with an orchestra pit, a dance hall with retractable seats and a choral ensemble venue. The entrance plaza to the building will double as an outdoor performance venue.

The building is scheduled to be completed in January 2019.

.