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City Update - Sugar House Village - Granite Furniture Block Project


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The Granite Furniture redevelopment is well underway in its first phase. It has been an intricate process, as
they uncovered the old buildings under the mid-century facades. I was really digging the old brick on the building
along McClelland Street, but I guess it wasn't feasible to save; they covered it with a concrete facade, now installing
a brick veneer over that. The building will be practically new, they also removed all of the old roof. The taller
building on 2100 South is still the old brick. The Granite Furniture sign still hasn't been touched:
















Future phases:



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Update, as of November 19, 2012 - Granite Furniture Block Project is delayed



http://sugarhouse.fox13now.com/news/...roject-delayed

SALT LAKE CITY – It was once known as the most eclectic part of
Sugar House, but it’s been an eyesore for nearly 5 years. Now another
big blow for the historic part of town, where restaurants were hoping
to make their debut just in time for the holidays.

The Granite Furniture Block project isn’t far from what many refer to
as the “Sugar Hole.” They are two different projects, but one big
headache for everyone involved.


“It has impacted me,” says Susan Jarvis, who has been at Rockwood
Art Studio along 2100 South and 1300 East since 2001. “At first when
they tore everything down there was a mass exodus of artists from
the building.”

Jarvis managed to survive, but for merchants like Debbie Valline, it’s not
as easy.

“One of the reasons why we moved here was because of the additional
foot traffic,” Valline said.

Valline came to Local Colors of Utah a year ago, hoping the old building
next door would be done by now.

“They were originally going to be open for December for the
holiday shopping,” but she also understands it was a huge
undertaking.

Since construction started at the historic Granite Furniture Building
in July, “Parking is a little bit challenging” says Laurie Bray, who helps run
the Sugar House Santa Shack. The sidewalk was also closed, but part of
it was reopened late last week.

Mark Isaac, who is the Project Manager for Granite Furniture Block owned
by Sugar House Development says, “It took a long time for us to
surgically demo the interior to decide how much of the old bones we
could actually save.”

He says the delay has a lot to do with preserving the integrity of the
historic building.

“We had some design changes, design review delays which was actually it’s
a positive for our community because the city is busy, there’s a lot of
plans into review and the city is so busy they were behind, our reviews
took a long time.”

Isaac says if you’re patient, the finished project will be something
Sugar House can finally boast about.

“We have a burger restaurant opening, slated for January 16th. We have
a really really cool pizza and wine bar concept that will open at the end
of January.”

A bakery, a local coffee shop along with other restaurants and office
space will fill the 71,000-square-foot building.

The project is behind schedule by about three months, but Isaac says
people can look forward to seeing the historic sign at Granite light up
again. In less than two weeks, people driving by will get an idea as to who
is actually moving in.

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The first Trader Joe's in Utah officially opens

Deseret News

By Jennifer Hardman - KSL.com

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=23188626&nid...cid=featured-1

SALT LAKE CITY — It has been quite a year for the retail scene in Utah with so many big brand stores that have set up shop for the first time in the Beehive state.


abc4news.com

Some of the new store openings included H&M, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and now the first Trader Joe's is being added to that list.



"I am so happy to be here," said Trader Joe's Captain, Rory Violette. "We had 200 or 300 hundred people waiting outside our store this morning. We gave them all high fives and put leis around their neck, and we just couldn't be happier."

Located at 634 E. 400 South in Salt Lake City, Trader Joe's created quite the buzz among local consumers. Many people are excited about the food products that can only be purchased there...


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UTA rail service to Provo ready to come on line


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..."As the train makes its way south, it passes through the marshy Jordan Narrows and offers sweeping views of Utah Lake to the west and Mount Timpanogos to the east."

"If nothing else, it's worth the ride just for the scenery," Allegra said...




By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...e-on-line.html

SALT LAKE CITY — It's hard to tell how fast the train is going as it quietly hums along the Utah Transit Authority's new commuter rail line between Salt Lake City and Provo.

"This is our best marketing tool," UTA chief capital development officer Steve Meyer said, nodding toward I-15 where Hondas and Toyotas bunch up while FrontRunner cruises at 79 mph.

"We wanted UDOT to put on their overhead sign, 'If you were riding the train, you'd be home right now.'...

...The $850 million line is the third of five taxpayer-funded transit projects voters in Salt Lake and Utah counties approved in 2006. The remaining two — TRAX lines to Salt Lake City International Airport and Draper — will open next year...

..."This line is a major milestone for us," said Mike Allegra, UTA general manager. "It was our biggest and most expensive line."

Although the transit authority owned the right-of-way, it had to acquire 800 separate slivers of property to lay the 45 miles of track.

"That perhaps was the most onerous and most time-consuming and most risky proposition that we had, particularly without the powers of eminent domain," Allegra said.

"This was a lot more of a challenge than the north project," Meyer said.

Construction crews built 20 bridges and 34 at-grade crossings, moved 1.7 million cubic yards of earth and relocated two canals.


www.letsrideuta.com - test train making its way through Thanksgiving Point

Still, UTA officials said the project came in early and under budget.

As the train makes its way south, it passes through the marshy Jordan Narrows and offers sweeping views of Utah Lake to the west and Mount Timpanogos to the east. It stops in Murray, South Jordan, Draper, Lehi, American Fork and Orem. Travel time between Salt Lake City and Provo is about an hour.

"If nothing else, it's worth the ride just for the scenery," Allegra said.


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Anyone passing this project regularly, please give us a more recent photo update...

Canyon Slope Square Progressing




By Raili Jacquet - 57 days ago

http://www.cottonwoodholladayjournal...e-progressing/


Once government owned land with drainage and slope challenges, the property at 6200 South and
3000 East has finally moved forward toward development. The Canyon Slope Square will house a hotel, a retail
component and a ski shop that is set to open Oct. 6. - www.cottonwoodholladayjournal.com



After three long years of clearing hurdles from several different government entities, developers have finally
broken ground on Canyon Slope Square, 6200 South and 3000 East. It is a welcome sign to Holladay city officials
who have advocated the development of this land from the beginning.

The parcel, once owned by the federal government and once having a county road running through it, had many
easements to work through and water and sewer lines that had to be removed.


“We are excited to see this developed,” Councilmember Jim Palmer said. “It was a federally owned piece of land that
didn’t generate any income, but the new development will bring sales tax to the city, hotel occupancy tax to the city
and county and tax for the Granite School District. It benefits everybody in the community.”

The first phase of the project to be completed will be the Wasatch Deep Powder House Ski Shop which will open Oct. 6.
Part of a family business that started in 1953, the new ski shop will be the fourth in the family of Deep Powder House
shops. Owner Peter Huber has a grand opening sale planned for Oct. 6 and 7 that he hopes will kick the new location off
to a positive start.

“The new construction will be the first stand-alone ski shop that has been built in the Salt Lake valley in the past 40
years,” Huber said. “Our shop will have a state-of-the-art robotic tuner, live web-cams at the local four ski resorts
and the highest tech equipment out there.”

Building simultaneously to the east and west of the ski shop is the rest of the Canyon Slope Square development. The
retail portion of the development to the east of the ski shop is being developed by Synergy Development. Currently
securing lessees, developers hope to begin tenant construction in December.


Canyon Slope Square - West Building

Sequoia Developer Kevin Ludlow secured Hyatt Place Hotel to build a 124 room hotel that will bring 3,000 square feet
of meeting space to the south end of the valley. It is expected to open in the spring of 2013.

Ludlow had his doubts about the property, as so many other developers tried and failed to overcome the many obstacles
in the way of construction.

“It has been a tough property. We have had our share of challenges, but we figured out a way to make it happen and
we are glad we did,” Ludlow said. “Our goal is to bring people to Utah and get them closer to the resorts and closer to
Utah life.”

Ludlow said he is excited to be developing in Holladay and was very complimentary about dealing with Holladay city
leaders.

“I have worked with a lot of jurisdictions over the years and Holladay city leaders are at the top,” Ludlow said. “The
mayor, the city council and the planning commission have been interested, helpful and problem solvers every step of
the way. They are hard workers committed to Holladay City and do their best to do what’s best for the community.”

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Delts, I pass that every day on the way to work and its coming along nicely. The structure is completed and they
have been working on the roof covering and placing in the last few windows. The retail portions are pretty much finished
and some of the stores are already open. If you are wondering where I work I am just off Wasatch Blvd in the
Cowboy Partners building.

I will try and get a picture of it either on the way to work or coming home.

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Ask and ye shall receive. Sorry it is out of focus but I was driving 40 miles an hour and took the shots through
my windshield. I get more light when I drive to work then after at 5pm this time of year. I thought about getting out
and walking around but that area really isn't pedestrian friendly.






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This is a new "urban contemporary" apartment complex going up on the south end of Sugarhouse next to Brickyard Plaza.


208-unit upscale apartment community to be built in SLC

A pool on a raised deck will be one of the many amenities at Element 31.






By Barbara Rattle

The Enterprise

A 208-unit upscale apartment community targeting the Generation Y demographic should begin coming out of the ground in Salt Lake City next spring.

The $28 million Element 31 will be located on what is now the site of a 30-year-old parking deck that abuts the seven-story Brickyard office building at 1245 E. Brickyard Road, said Ryan Ritchie, a partner in the developing entity, Salt Lake City-based The Ritchie Group.


“We realized we were going to throw away a million dollars just to repair the parking deck, and happened to be looking for additional apartment sites,” he said. “Just by chance we looked at our site and noticed our zoning allows office and residential to be located on the same site. It’s a forward-thinking zone for urban infill.”

A new parking deck will feature three stories, one-and-a-half of them below grade. It will be shared by both the apartment dwellers and the office building tenants. Atop it will be a four-story apartment complex consisting of about 34 studios and 80 two-bedroom units; the balance will offer one bedroom. The average size will be around 815 square feet and cost roughly $1,000 to rent, Ritchie said.

“We’re focusing on the Generation Y market,” he said. “Our marketing study suggests that about 60 percent [of tenants] will be single females, so we really focused on Internet bandwidth and on security, with cameras and lighting. It will have an urban contemporary look” both inside and out.

Amenities will include a stainless steel pool on an elevated deck; a building with about 2,000 square feet of fitness equipment plus separate rooms for kickboxing and yoga; a clubhouse level with a theater wall sporting a 90-inch television and kitchen; a gaming area with fireplace and two 55-inch televisions, kitchen area and billiards; WiFi throughout; and a rooftop patio with seating areas, a firepit and boxes for growing fruits and vegetables. There will also be a dog run, as Element 31 will be pet-friendly and market research suggests that as many as 30 percent of tenants will want a companion animal.

Think Architecture designed the project, which will be built by Rimrock Construction. Ritchie said his firm is in the final stages of obtaining a loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the requisite equity from The Ritchie Group and its investors, to finance Element 31. AMC will manage the property.

“I think it’s going to be one of the best designed and best looking projects in the state,” Ritchie said.

The Ritchie Group, which owns and offices in the Brickyard office building, has not historically placed a heavy emphasis on apartments. However, Ritchie said the company follows trends and is currently in the process of working on additional apartment projects in Vernal and Pleasant Grove.
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Southern Metro, Fastest Growing In U.S.

Utah Valley

Provo-Orem is fastest-growing in nation, report says

By Randall Jeppesen KSL.com

PROVO — A new report says one of the fastest growing metro areas nationwide is found right here in Utah.

The software company Pitney Bowes studied 384 metro markets, and then named the Provo-Orem areas as the fastest growing in the country.

The company's Metro Magnets Index shows over the next five years, Provo and Orem will grow by 7.4 percent, adding around 11,000 households. They say that will outpace the other fast-growing areas such as Austin and Fort Hood, Texas.

more...

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=231...s_cid=queue-12


Top Major* Metro Areas for Projected Percentage Growth

*More than 100,000 households

Provo-Orem, UT 7.4%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 7.4%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 7.2%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 7.2%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 7.1%
Ocala, FL 6.9%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6.7%
Jacksonville, FL 6.6%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 6.6%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 6.6%


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City Update - Sugar House Village - Westminster On The Draw Project


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Westminster on the Draw, Westminster College student housing. Students are living there now, nothing open in the
retail spaces yet, but I heard Wingnutz was reopening there:




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Sugar House Journal - By Sarah Weikel

http://www.mysugarhousejournal.com/f...using-project/

...Located on 2120 South and 1300 East, the structure used to be known
as the "Gump and Ayers" building and was used for office space. It has
sat vacant for awhile.


b.examiner.com demolition, old Gump and Ayers building

The building received its name because it will sit just north of an
underground pedestrian walkway that will connect the trail system
between Sugar House Park and Hidden Hollow. Construction on the
building will begin June 17 and is expected to be complete in fall of
2012.


"The reason we need the extra space is because of the growth we've
been experiencing at the college," Communications Executive Director
Laura Murphy said. "As we continue to grow, we have more demand
for residential housing."

Most of the students who occupy the building will be upperclassmen.
Having these students living there will make the retail spaces on the
ground floor and the nearby trails more secure because the building will
never be entirely empty, Community Relations Director Annalisa Holcomb
said.

The new conference space will also be of great benefit to the
community, since the Sprague Library will no longer have the only big
meeting space in the area.

"Because it's the only space like that, it gets full really quickly,"
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City Updates - Sugar House Village - Cowboy Partners Project


cowboypartner.com


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The Cowboy Partners site. They just put in for their building permits:







Wilmington Gardens Project

The Wilmington Gardens site. Very, very close to obtaining permits. I believe the developer of this project
is still planning on a second phase across the street:


http://www.slcrda.com/meetingsmin/20...Wilmington.pdf







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City Updates - Sugar House Village - 21 And View Project

21&View is situated on the most convenient and scenic corner in Sugar House. This new
lifestyle development will contain an exciting collection of 29 spacious apartments and two signature office /
retail opportunities. Functional modern floor plans, energy efficient building components, and stylized architecture
make 21&View a premier place to live and work.

The Salt Lake City skyline and the beauty of Sugar House Park paint the canvas for this property which offers
picturesque views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges. 21&View is truly one of the best locations to live
and work in Salt Lake City.

21&View will be an exciting addition to the storied Sugar House neighborhood. Known for its beautiful tree-lined
streets, quaint cottages, locally-owned businesses and the 110-acre Sugar House Park, residents enjoy the perfect
blend of nature, commerce and quiet living. Coming Fall 2012.









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City Updates - Sugar House Village - The Sugar House Apts.

sugarhouseapartments.com @ 2057 S. 1200 East






70 units: Studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, and 2 bedroom will be available
Cardio fitness facility
Rooftop garden with lounge seating, fire pit and gas BBQ
Controlled access to building
Granite countertops in kitchen with stainless steel under mount sinks
Shaker style cabinetry
All appliances included: Range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer
Walk-in closets
Over 9 foot high ceilings
Fiber optic lines for high speed internet, satellite TV and telephone service available for each apartment
Garden level hot tub






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Downtown Updates - Hamilton Tower


222 South Main

Downtown SLC to get two LEED-certified restaurants

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE - First Published Dec 10 2012

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/5...lding.html.csp

Equiwest Hospitality said it plans to open what it describes as the state’s first LEED-certified restaurants in the 222 Main tower in downtown Salt Lake City.

Bistro 222, a casual full-service restaurant, will occupy 3,500 square feet of the building’s main lobby and Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse will occupy 3,000 square feet north of the building’s lobby.

"The locational opportunity for both concepts is unique as downtown Salt lake City continues to attract more entertainment, sport, employment, shoppers, diners, conventioneers and tourists," Jeremy Ford, partner and general manager of Equiwest Hospitality, said in a statement announcing the new restaurants...


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Downtown Updates - The Lotus Project


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The Lotus on South Temple is much deeper than I'd imagined.



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Downtown Updates - Gallivan Center Project - Completed



The Gallivan Center is a versatile, public urban area that plays host to recreational and educational activities for families and individuals alike. In the wintertime, a newly remodeled ice rink is available for skating, and as always, the Gallivan Center provides a unique downtown experience.

After an $8.5 million venue makeover, the Gallivan Center reopened. The newly renovated Gallivan Center features a more user-friendly layout with an expanded grass area for better concert seating and summer picnicking, an updated ice rink system and a new, two-story building that houses 45 permanent restrooms, equipment storage and a large, glass-enclosed banquet and meeting space.

The Gallivan Center is a unique venue for a myriad of events including concerts, exhibits, fairs, weddings, ice-skating and more. Events are put on by local groups and organizations renting the plaza, while others are programmed by The Gallivan Center itself.



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By T-Mac Tis the Season at Downtown's City Creek Center.


by a4gpa

At Christmas Time this beautiful Gothic Revival Chapel in Downtown Salt Lake City
is used almost nightly to host free public recitals by renowned regional, national and international soloists and
performing groups


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http://images.fineartamerica.com - This is the Place State Park, Salt Lake City

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Park City, Utah @ Deer Valley


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Santas ski at The Canyons in Park City, Utah, for the mountain's annual Santa Skis for Free Day,
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Paul Fraughton Salt Lake Tribune

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Downtown Updates - Police & Public Safety Project

Downtown Public Works Building that is now under construction...

View of Building from 300 East. The new Salt Lake City Public Safety Building will be 4 stories
tall. The new Public Safety Building will frame views of the Wasatch Mountains to the east and will be a pedestrian
friendly development. The building is being designed to fit the definition of a Net Zero Energy Emissions building. This
means that the new building will produce at least as much emissions-free renewable energy as it would otherwise consume
if obtained from emissions-producing energy sources. Net Zero Energy will be achieved by dramatically reducing
building energy use and utilizing renewable energy. Energy use reduction is accomplished with high efficiency building
and systems design, building operations, and occupant energy management strategies. Renewable energy is produced
by photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays.



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Updates - Southern Metro, Fastest Growing In U.S.

Utah Valley

Provo-Orem is fastest-growing in nation, report says

By Randall Jeppesen KSL.com

PROVO — A new report says one of the fastest growing metro areas nationwide is found right here in Utah.

The software company Pitney Bowes studied 384 metro markets, and then named the Provo-Orem areas as the fastest growing in the country.

The company's Metro Magnets Index shows over the next five years, Provo and Orem will grow by 7.4 percent, adding around 11,000 households. They say that will outpace the other fast-growing areas such as Austin and Fort Hood, Texas.

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Top Major* Metro Areas for Projected Percentage Growth

*More than 100,000 households

Provo-Orem, UT 7.4%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 7.4%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 7.2%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 7.2%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 7.1%
Ocala, FL 6.9%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6.7%
Jacksonville, FL 6.6%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 6.6%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 6.6%


Update - Southern & Central Metro - ALLL Aboard


wikimedia.org

Crowds try out FrontRunner between Salt Lake City and Provo

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By Ben Fulton, The Salt Lake Tribune

Provo • Michael Ackley said he was among the first passengers to board UTA’s FrontRunner commuter train in 2008, when
it opened a line between Salt Lake City and his Ogden home,(Northern Metro).

So, of course, the 64-year-old retired painting contractor was among the first to catch the 10 a.m. opening Saturday
for the "Public Free Ride Day" between Salt Lake City and Provo.


"I like the freedom of trains. It’s just a very civilized, sensible way to travel," said Ackley, a self-described train aficionado
so dedicated to the mode of transportation that he and his wife, Cheryl, book their vacation travel only on Amtrak. "I’ll fly
if I have to in order to get somewhere, but I don’t like it."

His words would be music to the ears of UTA officials, who surprised a sometimes skeptical group of business officials,
mayors and legislators by finishing the $850 million, 45-mile extension under budget and three years ahead of schedule.

With comfy seats, two passenger levels per car, speeds of up to 79 mph, power plugs and Internet Wi-Fi, it’s hoped
the sleek new commuter train will ferry more than 6,500 riders daily between stations in Provo, Orem, American Fork,
Lehi, Draper, South Jordan, Murray and Salt Lake City.

For fast-growing Utah County, which sees more than its fair share of travel north, it’s also hoped that will translate to
fewer cars on the freeway and better air quality.

Standing near an open passenger door as hundreds of Provo residents filed inside for the commuter train’s first public run
into Salt Lake Central, Ackley looked almost like a minister watching over the newly converted.

But while plenty of new FrontRunner passengers were also tickled at the prospect of a free ride on a new train, many
braved the sometimes hourlong wait to examine the train for more pragmatic reasons.

Bill Mitchell, a 52-year-old physical therapist in Provo who commutes to Murray for work, brought his two children along
to gauge whether or not he’ll ditch his car for FrontRunner tickets. Less than 10 minutes into his ride north, Mitchell said
he was impressed.

He said he pays $11 or so daily for the three gallons of gas necessary to commute by car. Compared to UTA’s $2.35
base fare, plus 55 cents for each additional stop, he estimates a savings of less than 80 cents. Not much, admittedly.
Still, he said switching to the train will save both his car and his nerves more than enough wear and tear to make
the difference.

"I find myself getting up earlier and earlier just to avoid traffic heading north," Mitchell said. "That’s a big stress."

Others rode Saturday for reasons similar to Mitchell, or just to try FrontRunner on for size. Robert and Carol Hintze,
retired grandparents from Holladay, got up early to take their 13-year-old grandson on a trial run so he might ride it to
Orem and back to visit his other grandparents.

As passengers talked to others or simply stared through the windows at onto a gliding montage of track-side brush,
backyard decks, white-steepled ward houses and horses out to pasture, about the only complaint was finding the
train restroom, located in the car farthest from the locomotive.

"It’s very nice," said Gregory Amobi, a University of Utah business student who lives in Salt Lake City. "They need
more restrooms, that’s all."


Update, Southern & Central & Metro

Two major road projects ready to roll

Deseret News - Connection Point of MountainView Corridor and I-15 rebuild, Southern Metro

Transportation » Mountain View Corridor and rebuild of I-15 in Utah County are completed.

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By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 15, 2012

officials celebrated completion Saturday of two of the state’s largest highway projects ever — the $1.73 billion rebuild
of Interstate 15 in Utah County and the $730 million first phase of the Mountain View Corridor in western Salt Lake
County.

John Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, said it was like "we have delivered the World
Series and … the Super Bowl all in one day."


Gov. Gary Herbert added, "It looks like Christmas to me" as the long-sought projects were celebrated amid falling snow
and many happy people.

Njord even had a gift for the governor. UDOT had previously announced the I-15 project would come in about $230
million under budget, but it is actually $260 million under — so $30 million more can go to other projects.

The I-15 project rebuilt 24 miles between Lehi and Spanish Fork — with state money only, and no federal aid. It
replaced original asphalt with concrete designed to last 40 years; added two lanes in each direction; extended express
lanes for its entire length; and rebuilt or replaced 63 bridges and 10 interchanges. Lanes were opened last month, but
some finishing work continued until the past week.

Njord said it was the "fastest billion-dollar highway project ever built in America," finished in 35 months. That occurred as
it managed to keep most of the original number of lanes open most of the time...

MountainView Corridor, Central Metro - ...Mountain View now offers a 15-mile stretch of two
lanes of traffic — plus pedestrian and bike trails — in each direction at about 5700 West between 16000 South and 5400
South. Lanes are widely separated now — and the lanes of a future freeway will be built eventually in the
median...


www.udot.utah.gov/mountainview


Southern Metro - Allegiant Air to start flying out of Provo


www.aero-news.net

December 05, 2012 6:20 am • Genelle Pugmire - Daily Herald

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/loca...b6fd3a39a.html

..."Provo fits our business model," Carl Zablotny, director of public relations for Allegiant, said. "We bring nonstop
flights into smaller cities and take them to the world class Phoenix area. People can start booking now."

According to Zablotny, Allegiant will begin with two flights in and out a week. Flights will leave on Monday and Friday at
5:35 p.m. and arrive at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 7:05 p.m. Flights to Provo will leave at 3:30 p.m. and arrive
at 4:55 p.m. Phoenix-Mesa is about 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

"We will be flying MD80s. They are full-size jets that currently seat 150 passengers, with two rows on one side and three
on the other," Zablotny said. "The MD80s are currently being reconfigured to carry 166 passengers."...



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Updates, Southern Metro - Adobe Campus Project

At Adobe, new Utah building inspires, by design

Rendering of Phase 1 - Construction Completed

http://www.okland-const.com/projectDetails.cfm?id=400

Workplace » Adobe created spaces to drive collaboration, innovation.

By Tom Harvey | The Salt Lake Tribune

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At the sprawling new Adobe building at its campus in Lehi, any employee can just walk right through the office of Brad Rencher, the company’s top executive in Utah.

And that’s the point...

...For Adobe, it’s all part of the plan to create workspaces that help its employees collaborate and innovate in a way that engenders continued profitability.


(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Employees pass a mural by the artist El Mac at the new Adobe building Thursday December 6, 2012 in Lehi.

Its new $107 million building nestled along Interstate 15 is designed in a way that enhances access, collaboration and workforce hiring, health and happiness — all better to spur the innovation that’s the hallmark of a sustainable high-tech company.

"This entire building was designed to create those moments, what I call the unplanned collaboration, the unplanned community communication," Rencher said during a recent tour of the building.

The design of the 280,000-square-foot building, inside and out, is aimed at creating an ecology of planned and unplanned cooperation and innovation. Adobe also wants the new facilities to help keep employees happy and healthy — and to be a factor in its favor in recruiting top talent...


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