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delts145
Aug 7, 2007, 4:24 PM
Thats some very interesting info. shrubber. The question is not whether the Gehry project will happen, but how soon?

SLC Projects
Aug 7, 2007, 9:35 PM
That's great news with the Gehry project update. Let's hope tomorrow's meeting maybe we will see some Renderings of these buildings or at least more details of the project itself.


:banana:

shrubber
Aug 9, 2007, 2:45 PM
Unfortunately, there really wasn't anything new presented at the meeting. I think it was just a way to present the concept plan to the Planning Commission and City Council before the Planning Commission meeting tonight. However, I still think it is very good news to know that the project is still alive and moving forward. If you're interested in what was said at the meeting, here are some links to news articles:

KSL (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1607154) (with video)

Salt Lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com/ci_6579589?source=rss)

Daily Herald (http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/232835/)

Lehi Free Press (http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/232738/16/)

Deseret News (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695199190,00.html)

SLC Projects
Aug 9, 2007, 9:44 PM
:previous:
Well at least it gives us hope that this project is still alive. Thanks for the links. :tup:

delts145
Aug 9, 2007, 11:17 PM
I don't know about you guys, but the last ten years for me have gone by too quickly. Its almost as if the world is spinning faster and faster. I've heard quite a few people comment the same. The next ten years will go by even faster. Wow, can you visualize what the I-15 corridor will look like from say 106th south to Utah Valley Univ. ten years from now? The changes are going to be amazing. I think the whole Wasatch Front is becoming a major destination.

delts145
Aug 10, 2007, 1:07 PM
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Gehry discusses Lehi project

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/232835/

..."Most cities, like Los Angeles and New York, have their share of crummy buildings," Gehry said in an interview Wednesday. But The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Tabernacle and Moshe Safdie's Main City Library stand out as two of the best-designed buildings in Salt Lake City, he said.

And the 85-acre Gehry-designed project in Lehi, when completed, may join that list....

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Erector
Aug 10, 2007, 8:00 PM
Though I am still torn on whether I like this project and it's location, I must admit that it will become a solid link in the chain that binds Utah County with Salt Lake County as a major regional metro-plex, that is if it really does get built.

delts145
Aug 11, 2007, 12:03 PM
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http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/232905/

Pleasant Grove readies for huge development

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Grace Leong - Daily Herald

Hundreds of acres of farmland and hay fields along Pleasant Grove Boulevard are making way for the highly anticipated John Q. Hammons' Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center, which will break ground on Aug. 24.

And future new developments include...

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Wasatch_One
Aug 12, 2007, 3:02 AM
So this is really gonna happen, eh?

hmmm...

delts145
Aug 13, 2007, 12:27 PM
Hotelier Extraodinaire

Developer John Q. Hammons Story

http://www.jqhhotels.com/home.aspx

http://www.hotelinteractive.com/images/021607/jqhammons_lg.jpg

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hotelsmag.com/archives/2003/11/images/cov008.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.hotelsmag.com/archives/2003/11/top-hoteliers-John-Hammons.asp&h=460&w=300&sz=34&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=2UqckS3S7mGFaM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=83&prev=/images%3Fq%3DJohn%2BQ.%2BHammon%2Bhotels%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

...Everyone always says ‘location, location, location.’ But it’s not true. It’s market, market, market,” Hammons explains. “What I do is go throughout [the country] and look for these nook and crannies where industry has grabbed a spot and gone to work.” Hammons’ strategy has been to target secondary and tertiary markets where large corporations have regional offices or plants, as well as university towns and state capitals—the ideal location featuring all of the above. They are often near transportation centers and/or interstate routes. “I like to go near where all the activity is. I don’t need to be right in the middle of it, but close by. That’s where you can create a market.” ...

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SLC Projects
Aug 13, 2007, 9:30 PM
Hotelier Extraodinaire

Developer John Q. Hammons Story

http://www.jqhhotels.com/home.aspx

http://www.hotelinteractive.com/images/021607/jqhammons_lg.jpg

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hotelsmag.com/archives/2003/11/images/cov008.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.hotelsmag.com/archives/2003/11/top-hoteliers-John-Hammons.asp&h=460&w=300&sz=34&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=2UqckS3S7mGFaM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=83&prev=/images%3Fq%3DJohn%2BQ.%2BHammon%2Bhotels%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG


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By looking at all those other hotels in other states it looks like P.G. is going to have on of the biggest ones. :banana:

delts145
Aug 17, 2007, 12:09 PM
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Restore, renovate or obliterate?: City to explain intentions with property purchases


http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/233323/16/

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Kevin Delaney

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Kevin Delaney

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Kevin Delaney

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PhxSprawler
Aug 17, 2007, 5:09 PM
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Restore, renovate or obliterate?: City to explain intentions with property purchases


http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/233323/16/


http://protophoto.com/images/lehi/DSC_8644.JPG
Kevin Delaney

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I believe there were a couple of scenes in "Big Love" filmed here. That has to add something to the historical value...

delts145
Aug 17, 2007, 5:55 PM
^^^

I believe there were a couple of scenes in "Big Love" filmed here. That has to add something to the historical value...

:haha: Hey,why not? Footloose added some colorful history to this Lehi landmark,

http://protophoto.com/images/lehi/DSC_8626.JPG
Kevin Delaney

i-215
Aug 20, 2007, 6:45 PM
I believe there were a couple of scenes in "Big Love" filmed here. That has to add something to the historical value...

:lmao:

delts145
Aug 21, 2007, 12:54 PM
:banana: :banana:

Design work progressing on commuter rail through Utah County

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Front Runner, Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune

Nicole Warburton
Deseret Morning News, Aug. 21,2007

Work on a southern extension of commuter rail from Salt Lake City to Provo is progressing quickly, with construction possible by early next year.
The Utah Transit Authority plans to release a draft environmental study Wednesday of its FrontRunner South commuter-rail project. The southern extension of commuter rail will have eight stations after the Salt Lake station: Murray, Sandy/South Jordan, Draper/Bluffdale, Lehi, American Fork, Vineyard, Orem and Provo.

The environmental study details how UTA will manage factors such as property acquisitions in those cities for park-and-ride lots, as well as noise concerns and other environmental issues.

In Murray, the rail line will have a direct connection with the TRAX light-rail system at a station near the new IHC hospital, 5300 South and State Street. Other Salt Lake County stations will have buses to connect commuter rail with TRAX.

Residents may comment on the report until Sept. 21, and hearings will be held on Aug. 29 and 30 in Utah and Salt Lake counties. "People need to look at that (report) and come to the meetings," said Steve Meyer, UTA manager of commuter rail construction. "We want to know if we are understanding their issues and concerns."


Story continues below
UTA said it will begin advertising for contractors to build the line by mid-September. The agency has already signed with the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff to design the line, stations and park-and-ride lots.
Early next year, work could begin to relocate utilities such as power, water and gas under the rail corridor, according to Meyer. Railway construction could begin as early as next summer, and UTA anticipates it could be completed by 2012 or 2013.

"At this point, our goal as far as a time frame is to have it done before I-15 reconstruction begins" in Utah County, UTA spokesman Chad Saley said in an interview Monday. "At the very latest, 2015, but it's more likely going to be 2012, 2013."

Transportation planners want to begin reconstructing I-15 by 2011, but there is no funding available now to rebuild the highway. The lack of funding could push back that reconstruction date.

UTA is about 80 percent finished with a northern commuter-rail system from Salt Lake City to Pleasant View in Weber County. Last week, crews began testing trains on a segment of the rail line near Farmington. FrontRunner North is expected to begin service in the spring of 2008.

The northbound segment is being funded with a mix of federal and local money. The southbound segment will be funded solely with local tax dollars approved last November by voters in Salt Lake and Utah counties.

UTA plans to have information about FrontRunner South on its Web site by Wednesday at: www.rideuta.com. Information is already available there about the northern section of the rail line.


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shrubber
Aug 22, 2007, 10:44 PM
It looks like Mountain Home Development Group finally fessed up to abandoning the Terrace at Traverse Mountain deal with Forest City (although they blame Forest City) to do an Outlet Mall with Craig Realty Group. Personally, I would rather have seen the Terrace become a reality, but at this point I would just be glad to see anything real be built there.

Read the Daily Herald article here (http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/234763/).

SmilingBob
Aug 22, 2007, 11:44 PM
:haha: It looks like Mountain Home Development Group finally fessed up to abandoning the Terrace at Traverse Mountain deal with Forest City (although they blame Forest City) to do an Outlet Mall with Craig Realty Group. Personally, I would rather have seen the Terrace become a reality, but at this point I would just be glad to see anything real be built there.


Read the Daily Herald article here (http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/234763/).



From the Daily Herald article:

"Designed by San Francisco-based Field Paoli Architects, construction of the 550,000-square-foot upscale factory outlet center is expected to start next year and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2009.

The Lehi factory outlet takes the place of Terrace At Traverse Mountain, a mammoth lifestyle center that was to have been co-developed by Forest City Development. "

Sounds like this will be very similar to the Factory outlet mall in Park City. Seems like a better fit. I didn't think that the Gehry project and the Terrace would both work out. To few potential tenants if the projects were too similar. Now I think Gehry's plans could work out if they can still bring the right tenants into the mix.

This isn't a build it and they will come. You need to have enough tenants (50%-60%) onboard, then build it and the rest will come. We hear a lot about projects that people want to do, but without tenants to pay the bills they don't get off the ground.

It now looks like at least this project has workable tenant relationships to fill the mall. They have ongoing relationships with the outlet stores and need to show them why this one will work. We'll see.

Utah Valley is really going to be hopping construction wise in the next 2-10 years. Between road projects and developments this place will look very different in 10 years.

P.S. Hey Wasatch, only one of us wasn't dressed well enough to attend the news conference. ;)

"But at least you drive an Audi".:haha: :haha: :haha:

delts145
Aug 23, 2007, 12:34 PM
Lehi, Traverse Mountain

Upscale,Retail outlet center hitting Lehi

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695203528,00.html

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/235297/

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_6694146

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...It's taken more than a year — and a last-minute change of developers — for the master-planned development to come this far, but Traverse Mountain officials say now they're ready to hit the ground running. It is estimated that the 500,000-square-foot outlet mall, dubbed "The Fashion Outlets at Traverse Mountain," will be completed by fall 2009...

http://www.traversemountain.com/i/home/fashion-outlets-update.jpg

I'm hoping they stick closely to their conceptual designs. Looks very attractive on paper. This is actually far more attractive than what I've seen from the previous developer,(Forest City) in California
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delts145
Aug 23, 2007, 1:31 PM
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10th South

UDOT calls it a connector, Lehi prefers the term boulevard.

Lehi leaders say do it now, UDOT says later.



http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/234809/16/

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SLC Projects
Aug 23, 2007, 9:57 PM
http://www.traversemountain.com/i/sketch/600/TMRetailElevations2.gif




:previous:
I really like the small river that runs down in the middle. :tup:

SLC Projects
Aug 23, 2007, 9:58 PM
Oh and by the way...

Tomorrow is the groundbreaking for the 14-story Embassy Suites Hotel in P.G.

delts145
Aug 24, 2007, 11:56 AM
Fertile valley: Utah County firms surging despite labor shortage

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695203805,00.html

Wanted!!!! More computer geeks and Internet junkies

delts145
Aug 24, 2007, 12:17 PM
Lindon is mulling major transit-plan change

http://www.jub.com/JUBi/projects/Lindon_City_Center_Photo_1_225.JPG

...We're fine with using 400 West for the purpose it was designed for,"said Lindon resident Jolene Campbell. "We're fine with doing a little backtracking if it means keeping tens of thousands of drivers off our streets."

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695203870,00.html

Erector
Aug 25, 2007, 9:57 PM
Agel Enterprises Breaks Ground With Thanksgiving Development On New Five-Story Building
Agel Enterprises is the anchor tenant for Building One of five proposed buildings at Thanksgiving Point

Date Released: 08/24/2007
PROVO, Utah – Aug. 20, 2007 – Recognized as the world’s leader in gel technology for nutritional supplements, Agel Enterprises, LLC will help break ground for its new corporate headquarters on Aug. 28 at noon at the Thanksgiving Park Business Complex.
The new five-story structure is the first of five Class-A buildings being constructed by Thanksgiving Development in the business park and will provide needed space for the company’s corporate headquarters as Agel’s fast-pace growth has long outgrown its 15,000 square foot Provo facility.

WHO: Agel Enterprises CEO and Founder Glen Jensen, COO Darrin Jensen, Lehi Mayor Howard Johnson and Thanksgiving Development representatives

WHAT: Thanksgiving Development groundbreaking ceremony for building one of its proposed five buildings. Agel Enterprises is the anchor tenant for building one and will help break the ground

WHERE: 3000 WEST ASHTON BLVD, LEHI, UTAH at the Thanksgiving Park Business Complex off the I-15 freeway

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.

ABOUT AGEL ENTERPRISES, L.L.C. Agel Enterprises, L.L.C. was established in 2005 when company officials introduced suspension gel technology, a new product that delivers a variety of scientifically proven nutritional supplements in single-serving gel form packaging. The network marketing company is headquartered in Provo, Utah and is currently operating in more than 40 countries. Industry veterans Glen Jensen and Craig Bradley founded the company. For more information, visit www.agel.com.


About Agel Enterprises
Agel Enterprises, L.L.C. was established in 2005 when company officials introduced suspension gel technology, a new product that delivers a variety of scientifically proven nutritional supplements in single-serving gel form packaging. The network marketing company is headquartered in Provo, Utah and is currently operating in more than 40 countries. Industry veterans Glen Jensen and Craig Bradley founded the company. For more information, visit www.agel.com.


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delts145
Aug 26, 2007, 12:29 PM
Pleasant Grove --

In the race to build a Utah County convention center, Pleasant Grove pulled ahead friday with a groundbreaking event.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695204308,00.html

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Gary Anderson, Left, Richard Parkinson, John Q. Hammons, Dennis Baker, Larry Ellertson and Steve White wield shovels at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pleasant Grove project Friday.

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/4495731.jpg

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SmilingBob
Aug 27, 2007, 10:53 PM
Pleasant Grove --

In the race to build a Utah County convention center, Pleasant Grove pulled ahead friday with a groundbreaking event.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695204308,00.html

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Gary Anderson, Left, Richard Parkinson, John Q. Hammons, Dennis Baker, Larry Ellertson and Steve White wield shovels at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pleasant Grove project Friday.

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/4495731.jpg

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And the Provo Convention Center hits a bump:

"Less than a year ago, Commissioner Steve White was part of a unanimous vote that raised the county's transient room tax in order to garner funds for a potential county-run convention center in Provo. At a groundbreaking event for a different convention center in Pleasant Grove on Friday, however, White's determination to see the county project through faltered."

from http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695204669,00.html

delts145
Aug 28, 2007, 11:50 AM
Highland--American Fork

Many upset over Highland road

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695204963,00.html

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delts145
Aug 28, 2007, 12:14 PM
Commercial activity is hot, hot, hot at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

New business park planned at Thanksgiving Point.

...In addition to three hotels being built, local developers are planning more business parks and a regional shopping mall ahead of the completion of Utah County's first commuter rail stop from Salt Lake County.

Construction will start today on a new 740,000-square-foot Thanksgiving Park Business Complex at 3000 W. Ashton Blvd. in Lehi....

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/235647/

Thanksgiving Point
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Utah office of tourism
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Utah office of tourism

Frank Gehry by Tribune photographer Trent Nelson
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Fly on the Wall, Trent Nelson:Most of the time, I find myself trying to make a great photo out of a so-so situation. This is famed architect Frank Gehry, who was at Thanksgiving Point to announce a new project that he will be designing there. My goal was to get a nice portrait from the situation, which was basically him sitting in a chair talking to a large group of media.


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Erector
Aug 30, 2007, 3:40 AM
City Officials Approve Initial Plans for Gehry-Designed Project in Utah Suburb
The Sports-Themed Development Will Create Utah’s Tallest Building

LEHI, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Plans for an ambitious development slated for a small Utah town received city approvals last night that will allow the project to move forward. Twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur Brandt Andersen has engaged world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design the project.

The development will introduce Gehry’s modern and artful style to Utah County’s gateway community. The 85-acre site sits 30 miles south of Salt Lake City in a highly visible location just off Interstate 15, nestled below the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Andersen expects the development to be extremely unique from anything else in or near the city; a common theme among Gehry designs.

The Lehi City Council voted last night to approve the development’s proposed zoning and concept plans. Now the design team can move forward with detailed civil engineering plans, project phasing and eventually architectural designs.

Andersen’s vision themes the project around action sports and healthy living. The master plan calls for two wakeboarding lakes and an arena for his NBA Development League expansion team, the Utah Flash. A five-star hotel, amphitheater, residential and retail space are also included in the master plan. At 450 feet tall, the hotel will become the tallest building in Utah. Additionally, more than 70 percent of the site will be preserved for water or green space.

Andersen’s previous business endeavors include a residential/golf course community in Provo, Utah and a technology company, uSight, which he founded while a student at Brigham Young University. In 2004 the company was named the second fastest growing privately held company in America by INC Magazine. Andersen was the youngest CEO to make the list.

Gehry’s architectural career has spanned four decades, producing public and private buildings around the globe. His recent projects of note include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Experience Music Project in Seattle and the Millenium Park Pavilion in Chicago. He is also currently designing projects in Panama City, Las Vegas and Brooklyn, New York.

delts145
Aug 30, 2007, 1:01 PM
Update:Retail Center coming to Traverse Mountain,Aug.30,2007

Lehi, Traverse Mountain

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http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/236034/15/

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Craig Realty Group, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based factory outlet operator that manages 3.5 million square feet of retail space globally, is building what will be called The Fashion Outlets at Traverse Mountain, officials said Wednesday. The 550,000 square-foot upscale factory outlet anchored by Cabela's is part of Traverse Mountain's new 3.7 million-square-foot mixed-use project in Lehi...



http://www.traversemountain.com/i/home/fashion-outlets-update.jpg

I'm hoping they stick closely to their conceptual designs. Looks very attractive on paper. This is actually far more attractive than what I've seen from the previous developer's projects,(Forest City) in Rancho Cucamonga,California

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i-215
Aug 30, 2007, 2:11 PM
Is it just me, or aren't those (almost) the same renderings as Cottonwood Mall? Outdoor shops with a creek running through the center?

They all sound like rip offs of City Creek Center to me.

PhxSprawler
Aug 30, 2007, 5:40 PM
Is it just me, or aren't those (almost) the same renderings as Cottonwood Mall? Outdoor shops with a creek running through the center?

They all sound like rip offs of City Creek Center to me.

This is the new face of the modern suburban mall. These are popping up all over CA and AZ as well. I say this not to complain about lack of originality as this design is much more effective than your cookie cutter Valley Fair or Fashion Place mall. It's not perfect, but is very exciting to me to see the transition to mixed use and higher density.

i-215
Aug 30, 2007, 8:30 PM
Yeah, don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to trash on any of the projects, but they still seem alike to me. Nice looking but in a cookie cutter way ... as apposed to a bad looking cookie cutter mall with no windows and controlled entry points.

Do you really think the climate is going to support this in the long run? It gets pretty cold in the winter here, and I'm not holding my breath for global warning to make it more temperate.

delts145
Aug 30, 2007, 10:22 PM
:D Hey 215,

Well, it looks like Gateway has had fantastic business during the Winter. Also, these type of lifestyle centers have been doing great in other markets in the midwest and east, where the climate can get alot more frigid than here.

People are longing for a more European-type,village-effect, and arrangement. If the northern and central Europeans like shopping in the four seasons, I guess we will too. Hey, I like it, I've been wanting this for many years. Oh thats right, I'm originally a European. :shrug:

Erector
Aug 31, 2007, 3:49 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a9wXgV4eZ5ag&refer=home

SmilingBob
Aug 31, 2007, 8:33 PM
:D Hey 215,

Well, it looks like Gateway has had fantastic business during the Winter. Also, these type of lifestyle centers have been doing great in other markets in the midwest and east, where the climate can get alot more frigid than here.

People are longing for a more European-type,village-effect, and arrangement. If the northern and central Europeans like shopping in the four seasons, I guess we will too. Hey, I like it, I've been wanting this for many years. Oh thats right, I'm originally a European. :shrug:

I wish they would have designed the Meadows complex in A.F. to be more like this. It's too big and spread out. Talk about Sprawl. You can hardly walk to anything with all the big box retailers plunked down in the middle.

Oh well, what do you expect from a Woodbury Corp. designed development. :koko:

PhxSprawler
Aug 31, 2007, 10:11 PM
Yeah, don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to trash on any of the projects, but they still seem alike to me. Nice looking but in a cookie cutter way ... as apposed to a bad looking cookie cutter mall with no windows and controlled entry points.

Do you really think the climate is going to support this in the long run? It gets pretty cold in the winter here, and I'm not holding my breath for global warning to make it more temperate.

As long as people still have a place to park and don't have to walk too far, I think it could thrive in the winter. There is always the holiday rush to keep people shopping, even when its below freezing. :tup: They'll probably save money by shutting down the waterway for five or six months.

DevdogAZ
Sep 1, 2007, 6:19 PM
I wish they would have designed the Meadows complex in A.F. to be more like this. It's too big and spread out. Talk about Sprawl. You can hardly walk to anything with all the big box retailers plunked down in the middle.

Oh well, what do you expect from a Woodbury Corp. designed development. :koko:

That's what I've always thought about that development. I really haven't gone there much, but looking at it from the freeway, it seems that every building faces a different direction. The movie theaters go one way, the Target faces another, the restaruants and other shops by the movie theater face yet another direction, and then Home Depot faces yet another direction. It just has the feeling of being totally haphazard and ill conceived and definitely doesn't seem like the type of place I'd want to go, and if I did, I'd have no idea where to park, since everything is so spread out.

delts145
Sep 4, 2007, 11:21 AM
University of Phoenix will build in Pleasant Grove

The University of Phoenix plans to move its Utah County campus north

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695206981,00.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/4514534.jpg
Rendering shows the Pleasant Grove University of Phoenix campus, which is scheduled to open for classes in fall 2008.


Construction on the Pleasant Grove campus, at The Grove office complex at 2174 W. Grove Parkway, is expected to begin in September. The campus will open the following September.


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delts145
Sep 5, 2007, 12:28 PM
Orem

University Mall set to break ground on multimillion-dollar expansion

http://www.residenceinnprovo.com/images/apg_1147700906.jpg
http://www.jacobsenconstruction.com/uploads/9945_1.jpg
Jacobsen construction

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/236612/

Called the University Mall Village, the 20-acre outdoor retail center will include more than 71,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space and will be anchored by a new 16-screen Cinemark theater and three major restaurants.


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gbb
Sep 5, 2007, 7:09 PM
That's what I've always thought about that development. I really haven't gone there much, but looking at it from the freeway, it seems that every building faces a different direction. The movie theaters go one way, the Target faces another, the restaruants and other shops by the movie theater face yet another direction, and then Home Depot faces yet another direction. It just has the feeling of being totally haphazard and ill conceived and definitely doesn't seem like the type of place I'd want to go, and if I did, I'd have no idea where to park, since everything is so spread out.

I agree, but you can't blame it all on Woodbury. There are multiple developers in that area that are trying to maximize their land. It's really too bad that it wasn't all developed by the same company. Every time I drive through the place I get turned around...

SmilingBob
Sep 14, 2007, 8:44 PM
I agree, but you can't blame it all on Woodbury. There are multiple developers in that area that are trying to maximize their land. It's really too bad that it wasn't all developed by the same company. Every time I drive through the place I get turned around...

I've dealt with Woodbury corp. too many times to think they have any sense of style or design. They are about 5 years behind on design and functionality with regards to retail development.

Just wait to see what a mess the development at University Mall really ends up being. They aren't the worse, but still not very good at it. Not leading edge, more like the tail end of things.

Each time they redesign University Mall it never looks right. It seems like they run out of money. They re-did the south side of the mall, but left the east and west parts undone. They change a few things inside the mall, but it never looks fantastic, just okay.

Show me something they've done right and I'll bet they weren't the lead designers on the project, just part of the ownership.

delts145
Sep 15, 2007, 4:32 PM
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LEHI/EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Residents voice opinion at East-West Connector Open House

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/237497/14/

No one argues Lehi Main Street - also known as SR-73 - needs assistance.

In transportation terms, a road is considered in "failure" when traffic cannot pass at the posted speed limit on a regular basis.

SR-73 fails almost every day, twice a day....




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delts145
Sep 15, 2007, 4:47 PM
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:yes: All I can say is, "the sooner the better on this expansion." It was bumper to bumper yesterday as I was returning from Salt Lake. From I-15 to the Alpine Hwy. was gridlock. Traverse Mountain and Ivory is not letting up on their building. Hundred's of homes and businesses are under construction all along this 92 corridor. It boggles the mind how fast this area is growing, and I'm coming from an Angelino perspective, that is use to hyper growth!

HIGHLAND/ALPINE

UDOT hosts open house on SR 92 construction

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/237490/15/

The current model UDOT is working with has six lanes, seven including the turn lane, from I-15 to its intersection with SR 74 in east Highland, then five lanes to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. There are 14 intersections with traffic lights shown on the model....




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delts145
Sep 15, 2007, 4:54 PM
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Home Depot coming to Spanish Fork

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/236762/9/

Interesting, At a time when Home Depot is putting the brakes on expansion in most areas across the country, it is building a new store in Spanish Fork.


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poodledoodledude
Sep 17, 2007, 8:48 PM
you know...i couldn't agree MORE with what you said smilingbob....the university mall issue has bugged me for years!

it's like my dad used to say about me only mowing HALF of the lawn....
(and i quote): "son, when you wipe your ass, do you only wipe half of it? NO, you do the WHOLE thing! now, get out there and FINISH what you STARTED!)

so, my thing with university mall: dont' do a half ass job! get out there and FINISH what you STARTED!!! the north end of your mall looks like a county jail! and i don't know WHAT that big wall is on the north side that is by mervyns....the sports store?? you could at least make it look nice!

so, anyway, i'm HOPING this project goes without a hitch, and that it looks nice, but i'm not counting on it...

am i CRAZY?? :koko:

poodledoodledude

SLCforme
Sep 17, 2007, 10:00 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

StevenF
Sep 17, 2007, 10:56 PM
:lmao:

poodledoodledude
Sep 17, 2007, 11:15 PM
delts--

to answer your question a few months ago as to why i speak italian: went to school over there and have a TON of friends over there! just got back from rome, florence, and napoli in november of 2006. my best friend owns a castle over there in southern italy-- a town called chieti--just south of pescara on the eastern coast. it's a beautiful castle! on 80 acres of vinyards etc....way fun!

so, yes, i'm VERY fluent in italian...it's a fun language. how do you know it??

ciao--

poodledoodledude

delts145
Sep 18, 2007, 12:00 AM
Hey poodledoodledude,

I am actually first generation French (Parisian) by birth. I have lived in Italy,traveled through it many times, and also served an LDS mission there. I have an adopted older sister who is Roman, and many Italians in my extended family. We're always hanging-out, speaking Italian, and acting like a bunch of crazy Romani. I am in love with all things Italian.

Do you have a favorite area of Italy? For me it would be hard to choose just one locale, but I guess Verona and Rome hold a special place in my heart.

I lived in this neighborhood for quite a while, in a building that pre-dated Columbus. I had Veronese friends whose home was formerly a Roman palace that had gone condo. Now that's preserving your historical structures!!
http://www.destination360.com/europe/italy/images/s/italy-verona.jpg

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poodledoodledude
Sep 18, 2007, 9:36 PM
delts: i REALLY like northern italy. more my pace. i LOVE milan!! VERY international! the call milan the new york of italy. i can see why. although not very beautiful as compared to cities like rome, florence, or venice, i love the FEEL of milan more than any other italian city. i felt like i was IN europe! of which i was, but it felt more european, than italian.

also, the northern dolomites are AWESOME!! i spent a lot of time there and really enjoyed it. torino was OK, but it felt evil--come to find out it's in the iron triangle!! no wonder! at any rate, it's good to meet a friend out here that loves italy as much as i do!

next time i go to the castle, wanna tag along??

poodledoodledude

delts145
Sep 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
OREM

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Orem Mall to add on

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695211548,00.html

The plans include 25 shops, a large, high-tech 16-screen theater, water features, shop-front parking and a lot of landscaping.

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Deseret Morning News graphic

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gbb
Sep 20, 2007, 2:28 PM
Is it just me, or does that map have some issues?

I'm interested in seeing what kind of connection this addition to the mall has to the mall itself. I think it would be a mistake if there wasn't a real strong pedestrian connection between the mall and the lifestyle center, otherwise it will feel like two separate developments.

poodledoodledude
Sep 20, 2007, 3:04 PM
this map doesn't make sense to me...how can 8th east run east and west if North is CLEARLY on map?? and why does it say 100 south?? it's no where NEAR 100 south?? should it say 1200 south?? the north is CLEARLY wrong on this map, or 800 east is clearly wrong as we all know, 800 east RUNS NORTH AND SOUTH!!!

get it? if not, look again....

:koko:

poodledoodledude

i-215
Sep 20, 2007, 3:20 PM
The "North" element is wrong. It should point to the right.

Although it looks like a good development, I'm not in favor of it unless Orem requires the mall to pay a traffic impact fee. The traffic from Provo trashes University Parkway, and on a weekend night, the mall destroys any mobility on the streets surrounding the mall.

The Orem City Council would be nuts to put more stress on the system without first trying to do something at State and Parkway (or at least making the mall carry their portion of the cost). Maybe one of those CFIs like they've got up at 35th and Bangerter would do the trick?

SmilingBob
Sep 20, 2007, 8:35 PM
this map doesn't make sense to me...how can 8th east run east and west if North is CLEARLY on map?? and why does it say 100 south?? it's no where NEAR 100 south?? should it say 1200 south?? the north is CLEARLY wrong on this map, or 800 east is clearly wrong as we all know, 800 east RUNS NORTH AND SOUTH!!!

get it? if not, look again....

:koko:

poodledoodledude

100 South should be 1100 south. I still don't understand why this isn't tied into the mall itself more. The anchor store looks to be located north of Sports Authority (Garts), but not with direct access from inside the mall.

If Orem City had someone with even 20/200 vision they would be able to work with Woodbury Corp. to design this mall better as it grows. They still have the section north of this block to develop, but each project they do, doesn't blend in with the others. Look at the stores on the south side or Costco and now this development. They think it makes a great looking block, but it really is just a "cluttery" :rolleyes: mess.

arkhitektor
Sep 20, 2007, 9:43 PM
Is it just me, or does that map have some issues?

I'm interested in seeing what kind of connection this addition to the mall has to the mall itself. I think it would be a mistake if there wasn't a real strong pedestrian connection between the mall and the lifestyle center, otherwise it will feel like two separate developments.


Yeah, the graphic is pretty screwy....
Looks like it was drawn in MS paint. Since its labeled as a Deseret Morning News Graphic, I'm hoping that this is just the crappy work of someone at the paper and that the actual development isn't going to be as haphazard and jagged as the crooked lines on the map would lead us to believe.

SLC Projects
Sep 21, 2007, 1:50 AM
According to KSL...


The Village at University Mall will open next summer and incorporate retail, restaurants and entertainment in a 150,000-square-foot, open-air addition east of Mervyns and The Sports Authority. :tup:

delts145
Sep 28, 2007, 11:49 AM
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UVSC Campus
UVSC to UVU transition under way
Change to university will be official July 1, 2008

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695213932,00.html

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UVSC

delts145
Sep 28, 2007, 12:10 PM
On the heels of neighboring Saritoga Springs high school,(under construction) Eagle Mountain breaks ground for high school
Charter facility to open in fall 2008

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695213876,00.html

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Julie Bell, left, Julie Anne Wankier, Jamin Wankier and Brenda Park inspect plans for Rockwell Public kCharter High School on Wednesday.(Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News)


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delts145
Sep 28, 2007, 12:22 PM
Lehi goes down new road, UDOT urged to back 4800 N. corridor

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695213870,00.html

...But recently, the city has taken its fight against the road to a new level by way of a 2 1/2-inch document that favors an alternate connection to the Mountain View Corridor near 4800 North...

delts145
Sep 28, 2007, 12:52 PM
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Pleasant Grove breaks ground for new office buildings

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/238749/18/

In something resembling a three-act play, Pleasant Grove broke ground on three office buildings in The Grove area Friday.

Mayor Mike Daniels said the event marked a major shift in the economic center of Utah County.


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delts145
Oct 4, 2007, 12:18 PM
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Developers propose mixed use projects for Amer. Fork

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/239281/13/

There are three such plans being considered. They are reminiscent of days gone by in other parts of the country in that they would combine commercial and housing development.

"In days of yore, mixed use was fairly common," said planner Rod Despain. "This is kind of a reemerging development concept."

He mentioned apartments over the corner deli as an example of previous mixed use...


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delts145
Oct 6, 2007, 3:11 PM
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The Grove Development moves forward with addition of lush landscaping

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/239425/18/

"All of his projects make extensive use of stone, trees, water and color," said Mayor Michael W. Daniels.

An example of this is the roundabout in the BMW area. It will have a three-sided waterfall with a meandering stream on the fourth side. Accent lights will give the water a glow in the evening, according to Daniels.

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delts145
Oct 12, 2007, 1:14 PM
Photo Bump
Pic of newly completed Lone Peak Academy in Alpine
http://www.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=91267&g2_serialNumber=2
Lone Peak Press

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urbanboy
Oct 12, 2007, 3:38 PM
"All of his projects make extensive use of stone, trees, water and color," said Mayor Michael W. Daniels.

An example of this is the roundabout in the BMW area. It will have a three-sided waterfall with a meandering stream on the fourth side. Accent lights will give the water a glow in the evening, according to Daniels. [/SIZE]

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Isn't that just great! I'm so glad they focused so much attention on making this development so nice... for the automobile! :koko:

delts145
Oct 12, 2007, 4:55 PM
^^^
On a positive note though Urbanboy,(and I am a proponent of many of your visions.) there is an amazing amount of attractive,densely packed, multi-storied condo's going up all around this immediate area. From State Street on the East to I-15 on the West. My niece and nephew-in-law just purchased one, and I was very impressed with the development and their unit in particular.

wrendog
Oct 12, 2007, 11:58 PM
Isn't that just great! I'm so glad they focused so much attention on making this development so nice... for the automobile! :koko:


OH NO!!! NOT AUTOMOBILES!!!!

delts145
Oct 13, 2007, 1:59 PM
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UDOT gives options for connector

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/240038/14/

In its ongoing effort to give everyone what they want, while doing what it thinks is best to solve area transportation issues, UDOT has sought input from Saratoga Springs officials regarding the East-West Connector from I-15 to Redwood Road.

http://deseretnews.com/photos/4541795a.jpg

related: East-West Connector route is sounding good to Lehi

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695207607,00.html


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delts145
Oct 21, 2007, 11:47 AM
Corridor opponents gather to hear 'better plan'

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/240697/

The proponents of an alternative proposal to the Mountainview Corridor are on the move.

A composite of Lehi City leaders, residents and a grassroots organization called Citizens Organized for Smarter Transportation (COST), is eager to present its freeway plan as it contrasts with the ideas reviewed in UDOT's Mountainview Corridor EIS draft, released Wednesday.

related : Mtn. View Corridor Study Released

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/240686/17/

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delts145
Oct 24, 2007, 11:18 AM
:banana: All done: U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon:banana:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695221325,00.html

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After three years of orange barrels and narrow lanes, the section of U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon from the Sundance turnoff to east of Deer Creek Dam is officially finished.

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SLCforme
Oct 24, 2007, 3:27 PM
:previous: this is good news. I used to commute from PG to heber during the summers and that section of road was slow going. I also think it's great that they did some remediation work on little deer creek. I'll have to go check this out soon. :)

wrendog
Oct 25, 2007, 12:23 AM
good.. about time. I grew up in Heber and there has been construction in that canyon for a long long time. Guess it's time to visit the folks and take a drive on the finished product!

delts145
Oct 25, 2007, 9:49 AM
New Children's Museum at Thanksgiving Point

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695221656,00.html

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Rendering of Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. The museum would have environment and water power exhibits (Courtest Of Thanksgiving Point)

Last year, 1.75 million people visited Thanksgiving Point; the number is on track to rise this year.

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delts145
Oct 28, 2007, 12:28 PM
Sundance At The Top Of Prestigious Conde Nast List
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Sundance Resort
#2 Among America's Top-Rated Resorts

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/241491/

The 6,000-acre full-service mountain resort, which sits at the base of the 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, ranked second in a worldwide readers poll of the top 50 U.S. resort destinations in 2007, up from sixth place in 2005.
The Readers Choice awards, one of the most anticipated stories of the globally distributed Conde Nast travel magazine, lists globe-trotting travelers' favorite hotels, cruises, airlines, islands and cities on the planet.

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DevdogAZ
Oct 30, 2007, 12:24 AM
Wow. I worked at Sundance for four years and would never have thought it was that highly thought of. Good for them.

i-215
Oct 30, 2007, 9:59 PM
Deseret Towers Update!

FYI: They have fences around four of the five remaining Deseret Towers buildings.

The only buildings they haven't fenced in are the Morris Center (although it's closed) and the tower which is on the south-east corner of the site.

From what I understand, some Heritage Halls kids had a meltdown in their kitchen, so they are living in some of the rooms in that tower for a few weeks while BYU repairs the damage.

The Deseret Towers swimming pool is gone, and to the south they are piling dirt from the Tanner Building Garage excavation site. I assume they'll probably use the dirt to help fill in the basements of the towers when all is said and done.

I wish I had a digital camera ... so far no demolition or implosion prep, but I'll let you know when I see more. I think they are trying to get an air variance for an implosion (and hopefully this time they'll fill out the paperwork correctly!)

delts145
Nov 7, 2007, 12:36 PM
Museum funding for Thanksgiving Point is OK'd

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695225422,00.html

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/242565/

"This is not something we're doing because we want to give a whole bunch of money to the Ashton Family Foundation," he said. "We want to get the county on the map as far as culture and arts go." White mentioned other construction throughout the county that will help people want to stay, such as commuter rail, the Xango remodel and the Provo Center for the Performing Arts. He said he hopes other opportunities will happen, like a regular venue for ballet, theater and symphony.

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Courtesy of Thanksgiving Point

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delts145
Nov 8, 2007, 4:53 PM
UVSC, (UVU) board OK's master's degree plan

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695225819,00.html

OREM — The Utah Valley State College board of trustees has approved a program for master's degrees in education — the school's first graduate program.
"This is a historic moment," said Elizabeth Hitch, UVSC's academic affairs vice president, following the Wednesday night vote.


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delts145
Nov 9, 2007, 2:10 PM
At first glance this might not seem like a big deal in development circles, but for the purpose of developing a quality theatre scene in Utah Valley, this is a very big deal. Thanks loads to the Noorda family. :tup:

SCERA has room for more

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695226101,00.html

It's hard work putting on a play, but thanks to a $1.5 million donation from the Ray and Tye Noorda foundation, the nonprofit SCERA has a new home for all the "behind the scenes" elements, said SCERA CEO Adam Robertson.

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Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News

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delts145
Nov 9, 2007, 2:42 PM
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Lehi street infrastructure sees growth

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/242870/16/

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Cathy Allred photo Wade Allred, Lehi City pavement manager, stands next to a nearly completed project at Cedar Hollow Road which was widened, straighten and improved. The city addresses street maintenance and improvements in response to an annual citizen survey which rates street conditions as the number one concern.

Growth in Lehi has resulted in a need for more schools, power facilities, water storage, but also an increased demand for new streets...


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delts145
Nov 15, 2007, 10:32 PM
Utah County is the state's fastest- growing

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695227994,00.html

The state overall gained a record 84,425 people in one year, bringing its total population now to just under 2.7 million. And Salt Lake County's population now tops 1 milllion.

Utah County saw a growth rate of 5.5 percent as it gained just over 26,000 people. The county's total population grew to 501,477.


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delts145
Nov 15, 2007, 10:35 PM
Orem's Midtown Village to debut south wing Friday

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/243908/


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CRAIG DILGER/Daily Herald JJ Lund of All American Sod Company lays down the final pieces of sod just before sunset at Midtown Village on Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

Construction on Midtown Village reaches a milestone on Friday as the towering development in central Orem debuts the completion of its south wing and the groundbreaking for the new Hale Center Theater Orem.

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Happy Valley Freak
Nov 17, 2007, 1:42 AM
Yay!, I drove by MV last week, it is looking really good!, any 1 know when the final stage is going 2 start???

delts145
Nov 20, 2007, 12:08 PM
Hale Theater Groundbreaking

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695227352,00.html

Owner Anne Swenson said the groundbreaking will be for a new building attached to the south tower of the Midtown Village project rather than a facility inside the tower itself.


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Wasatch_One
Nov 21, 2007, 9:20 AM
http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695229451,00.html


Orem's Midtown Village nearly ready for residents

By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
Deseret Morning News

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 12:08 a.m. MST
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OREM — Driving by Midtown Village, Orem residents still see bulldozers crawling across the lot and men and women in hard hats working on the project. But what they don't see are the finished three-bedroom penthouses with customized kitchens and private decks — some ready for residents within weeks.

"We've learned that this project cannot be understood by driving by it," said Midtown developer Larry Myler. "The comment we get with people coming in is, 'I had no idea.'"

Friday evening, nearly 4,000 people traipsed through the mixed-use development at 320 S. State during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hale Center Theater, which will be in the south corner of the Midtown lot.

"There are people who say they'd never live in a place like this. It's too tall ... or it's too expensive," said Dave Rasmussen, director of business development for Midtown Village. "There are others who walk in the door and fall in love with it (saying), 'It's perfect for me.'"

Nearly 85 percent of the 334 residential units have been sold, with prices ranging from $250,00 to $1.6 million for a sixth-floor penthouse with 4,106 square feet.

But isn't that a bit exorbitant?

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"As long as people are buying it, it's not overpriced," Rasmussen said.

Betty Wiggins, 73, purchased two condos and had them joined by french doors. She and her husband used to live in a similar development in Arlington, Va., and since he passed away, she wants to simplify her life.

"The people over at Midtown have been very helpful," she said, "but it's dragging on a little longer than any of us wanted."

She was originally told she could move in by fall 2006. Then it became Christmas. Then spring 2007. Now she's thinking it may be January.

The delays are due mainly to funding, Myler said. The project was just a giant hole in the ground for years before construction began in 2005.

But lessons learned on the south wing will speed construction for the north wing and new Midtown-esque projects slated for Clearfield, Ogden and Park City, Myler said.

Rasmussen is hopeful some residents can move into the south wing by the first week of December.

The north wing should be completed in the next nine months or so.

Joyce Nelson, a recent retiree, took a tour of the completed penthouses Monday morning and said she was impressed by the full security, concierge and room service — and no need to mow the lawn.

"So far, from what I've seen, it's interesting," she said. "I think it's an interesting concept for Utah County. I'm kind of intrigued (at) the possibilities for having a different kind of retirement life."

She wandered through a one-bedroom apartment with maple molding, cherry hardwood floors and kitchen drawers that close themselves. A spiral staircase led to an upper loft with another bedroom, bath and a deck.

Of Midtown's 1.4 million square feet, 120,000 square feet is office space with the same amount for retail. Pizzeria 712 will be the first restaurant to open, firing up the pizza oven on Tuesday.

Chefs Joseph McRae and Colton Soelberg, formerly chefs at Sundance, wanted to start their own restaurant and started looking for places to go.

"We came and met (Midtown Village executives), and within 20 minutes, this is where we knew we wanted to be," McRae said.

Pizzeria 712, a full-service restaurant, will mimic high-scale cuisine but use local and organic ingredients.

"I think (Midtown Village) will improve Orem a million times," McRae said. "Once more stores open up, the Hale Center Theater, restaurants, a higher-end shopping center — it's a real draw. It's going to be a great asset for the community."

E-mail: sisraelsen@desnews.com

delts145
Nov 21, 2007, 1:06 PM
:previous:

It's a pretty impressive place when you drive by. It's much bigger than one would expect in the middle of Orem. I'm hoping for more of the same up and down State, to give Orem more of a, 'core feel.'

...Nearly 85 percent of the 334 residential units have been sold, with prices ranging from $250,00 to $1.6 million for a sixth-floor penthouse with 4,106 square feet...


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The view from the unfinished north wing looks toward the nearly complete south wing at Midtown Village development in Orem (Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News)


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The living room of a two-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot condo with a loft at Midtown Village in Orem. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News)

Orlando
Nov 23, 2007, 9:11 PM
:previous: Is it just me or does anyone else think that this development is in completely in the wrong place? It's just like putting a sized down version of the gateway on Redwood Road or blightland State street with no other context but mix & match hodge podge of ugly run down commercial building built for the car on a highway. :brickwall: :twoguns: :koko: Someone please try to have a greater vision of the entire area, and reign in those arrogant developers who think they can do whatever and wherever, and then we're left with nothing related to anything anywhere usa:gaah:

delts145
Nov 24, 2007, 4:07 PM
I don't know Orlando, I guess if we just talk about Orem, then the city fathers and mothers had to start somewhere with a denser core. Orem is a city born of the days of the World War II Steel boom. It really has never had an historic core, but was an agricultural/bedroom community from the get-go. I'm satisfied with the location of this project as an Orem-centric development. Now of course, let's see a lot more of the same going north and south of Mid-town along State Street.

While Orem is a very clean, low crime city, with stunning views of the Wasatch, and has added many beautiful neighborhoods to it's portfolio over the past twenty years, I agree that it must develop an attractive and viable urban core along State. Until it does, I would not choose it as a place to locate. However,I do think it is moving in a postive direction to that end.

delts145
Dec 1, 2007, 1:32 PM
A new look: UVSC unveils logos and fight song for UVU

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695232261,00.html

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7609270

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/245717/

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Banners with the new Utah Valley University logos hang from the ceiling during Friday's ceremony at Utah Valley State College. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News)


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delts145
Dec 1, 2007, 2:03 PM
:tup: :tup: High-speed commuter rail coming to Utah County

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/245721/


High-speed commuter rail will be coming to Utah County in a little more than three years and some of the county's leaders got a preview Friday.


Valley leaders take smooth ride / Work on S.L.- Provo rail may begin next month

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695232269,00.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/4872017.jpg
Civic leaders board the UTA FrontRunner North in Woods Cross on Friday.(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News)

WOODS CRO"SS - Imagine flipping open a laptop on a table, plugging it into a power outlet, logging onto the Internet with free Wi-Fi and reading newspaper coverage about last night's Jazz game, downloading YouTube videos or putting the final touches on a presentatioon for work - all while gliding smoothly at 79 mph up Interstate 15 from Provo to Salt Lake City.





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delts145
Dec 3, 2007, 12:19 PM
Booming 'burbs push bridge plan
Utah Lake span would help alleviate traffic gridlock in fast-growing area, many say

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7620594?source=rv

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A view from Saratoga Springs features a look at Mount Timpanogos across Utah Lake. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)

Time to build that bridge, local and state officials say.
Growth in the Cedar Valley west of the lake is expected to blast off, perhaps justifying the bridge or causeway that Utah County dreamers have pictured for 20 years.



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delts145
Dec 5, 2007, 1:30 PM
Eagle Mountain fighting for power

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7638629

Brown or blackouts predicted

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/245399/14/

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2007/1205/20071205__ut_eaglepower_1205~1_Gallery.jpg
Electrical transmission towers run past Kim and Karen O'Donnell's Friends in Need Animal Rescue Sanctuary on the edge of Eagle Mountain City. Another set of towers will need to be built soon as the city grows. (Al Hartmann/Salt Lake Tribune)

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Happy Valley Freak
Dec 5, 2007, 10:09 PM
OMG! a bridge would be so awsome!, as long as it has beauty to it, and doesn't look like a crappy overpass built over the lake

delts145
Dec 6, 2007, 2:14 PM
Am. Fork approves four office buildings

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/246325/13/

The American Fork Planning and Zoning Commission decided to err on the side of caution when it turned down a request to put housing in an area on the city's southeast side which had the potential for contamination by toxic waste. The group recently approved plans for four office buildings in that location.

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delts145
Dec 6, 2007, 2:19 PM
OMG! a bridge would be so awsome!, as long as it has beauty to it, and doesn't look like a crappy overpass built over the lake

That's the only thing Happy Valley. I'm just afraid they're going to put up something that has no attractive design element, and like you said, "just looks like an overpass."

Erector
Dec 6, 2007, 5:09 PM
I tend to agree with you delts. I really doubt the funds would be available for a large span bridge that you might see in a large urban area. I think this is a project that would get out of hand budget wise. I could actually vision this to be a bungled design and taking away from the beauty of the lake.

Personally I would love to see an out of the box approach, like a monorail system. West lakers could leave the cars in a large parking area on the west side and rail to the East side, and bus to their jobs. Don't know that they would like it. Problem is, this bridge and the new mountain view corridor would funnel in right near each other. I could be a commuter nightmare. Thoughts?

SLCforme
Dec 6, 2007, 11:16 PM
I sincerely hope they don't build a causeway; they are an environmental nightmare as has proven to be the case with the great salt lake. I really don't like the idea of a road across utah lake in the first place but if they have to do it they need to be as environmentally friendly as possible, which means a bridge. I also agree that it should be a toll road. if you want to live in sprawl-burbia then you should fit some of the bill for roads to bring you into the city.

delts145
Dec 7, 2007, 3:16 AM
I agree with you SLCforme, I would be very disapointed to see a causeway. Also, if a bridge were to be built I think it should most definately be a toll situation.