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  • The owner of two lots that are remains of an orchard, with one lot containing a house, would like to re-zone the lots to a Planned Residential Development (PRD) in order to construct twin homes on the combined properties. Currently, the lots are R8 zone, which requires single-family development. The lots are located in the general area of 1100 North 800 East in Orem.

  • (Daily Herald) The shelves are almost completely stocked, the employees trained, and now it's Utah County consumers that need to be ready.Orem will have a new food store come 9 a.m. Monday, and this one has many of its competitors watching with great interest.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — Utah is in a great position to lead the United States in a recovery from the current economic downturn — if the federal government will stay out of the way, Gov. Gary Herbert told a group of Utah County business leaders Friday.

    "My concern is not Utah," Herbert said during the Entrepreneurial Business Conference at Utah Valley University. "My concern is the drag we are going to feel from Washington as we build programs that are not sustainable. I see some rebellion going on out here, and I say it's high time."

  • (Daily Herald) While most schools in the Alpine School District are sitting dormant during this week's spring break, there is one exception. Construction workers are busier than ever this week trying to meet deadlines at the new Orem High School building.

    "We're on budget and we're on time," said Assistant Principal Joel Perkins, the on-site school representative over the construction project. "We're right on schedule. I wouldn't say we're ahead. The window is tight and we're not going to miss it."

  • OREM (Deseret News) — The Utah Transit Authority plans to close a segment of Geneva Road in Orem this weekend for work on the FrontRunner South Provo to Salt Lake City commuter rail project.

    The closure will take place at the railroad crossing from approximately 250 South to 400 South. The closure is expected to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and end early Monday morning.

    Southbound traffic on Geneva Road will be detoured east on Center Street to 1200 West. Northbound traffic will be detoured east on 400 South to 1200 West.

  • (Daily Herald) Orem, the Utah Valley city that took its name from a railroad man, is now putting its own stamp on the Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner station that is coming to town.

    UTA pays the cost for standard canopies at stations along the FrontRunner commuter rail route, and each city pays for what are referred to as "betterments" -- special brick treatments, or other non-standard design changes or enhancements.

  •  (Salt Lake Tribune) When it comes to growth, Utah is still whistlin' Dixie, Coal Country is still singing the blues and the state, as a whole, is still humming lullabies.

    The latest census estimates are out -- the last batch for counties and metropolitan areas before 2010 Census numbers are released next year. Here are some interesting tidbits:

    Did you know St. George and Provo-Orem are the nation's second and third fastest-growing metro areas?

    Only a Sunshine State city outshined Utah's top gainers in population growth this decade.

  • (Daily Herald) It's (almost) official: UVU is getting a new science building. The state Legislature finalized a bill that will pay $45 million of the $50 million cost for the 160,000-square-foot building.

    The bill is now awaiting Gov. Gary Herbert's signature or veto.

  • (Daily Herald) Residents in the Geneva Neighborhood concerned about a potential change in zoning were successful in keeping a builder at bay on Tuesday night.

    The property, located generally at 530 North and 1060 West, was rezoned by the City Council from an R6.5 zone to a Planned Residential Development zone in March 2006. At that time, the development proposal contained 32 units comprising one single residence, 15 twin homes and one three-plex.Currently, there are five twin homes and the single residence on the property.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — One pair of shoes can provide relief for one person in a Third World country, but 25 million pairs of shoes can build a new science and health building at Utah Valley University.

    Approximately 50 UVU students went door-to-door around Orem Saturday, collecting used footwear from neighbors.

  • OREM (Daily Herald) -- Churches in Orem may be able to get around city zoning laws in using a controversial tent-like construction because of a federal law exempting religious organizations, but the City Council recently made sure that the so-called tension membrane structures are limited to the city's manufacturing areas.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — Local philanthropists, Marc and Debbie Bingham, have offered a $1 million match for any funds raised this year in support of a new science building at Utah Valley University.

    The school has raised just over a million for the proposed $50 million facility, which is badly needed due to space constraints on campus.

  • Carlsbad, CA – Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill will open its seventh location in Utah Thursday, Feb. 18, in the University Festival Shopping Center, 530 E. University Parkway in Orem. The San Diego-based chain is introducing a new, more upscale design at its Orem restaurant, featuring a rich sensory experience of aromas, exhibition cooking, music and decorative patterns that compliment the complex flavors of Rubio’s food.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — It would take a lot of $5 haircuts to build a 160,000-square-foot building at Utah Valley University, but for the third time this year, students lined up on Wednesday to help pay for what President Matt Holland says is the most critically needed addition to the growing school in its history.

  • OREM (Daily Herald) -- Those big checks are fun, but they won't go a long way in helping UVU President Matthew Holland build a new science building.

    They sure do look nice in his office, though, and Holland is hoping that when other potential donors see the donations from Timpanogos Regional Hospital, Mountain View Hospital and the Central Utah Clinic, they'll want to donate to what Holland says is not only his top building priority, but the top building priority in higher education for the state.

  • (Daily Herald) Orem and its four freeway interchanges are bracing for impact with the $1.7 billion Interstate 15 reconstruction project set to begin within months.

    During an update to the Orem City Council on Tuesday, Dal Hawks, the I-15 corridor project director for the Utah Department of Transportation, said that when he is asked where the project will begin first, he replies, "Everywhere."

  • (Daily Herald) The Orem City Council on Tuesday considered limiting tensioned-membrane structures (they look like giant tents) primarily to manufacturing zones in the city, but opted to put off any final tweaks to the proposal until next month.

    Orem City Council members appeared to be in agreement that so-called tent-style construction is not the look the city wants, but they wanted more time before passing a law to limit the aesthetically challenged structures. The structures aren't currently addressed under city code.

  • (Daily Herald) The Brent Brown Automotive Group is closing a 4-acre used car lot and collision center on 690 S. State St. in Orem in a move to cut operations costs amid slower sales and a still-soft economy.

    The seven-year-old operation, which has about 20 workers, will close on Feb. 1, said Brent Brown, founder and owner of Brent Brown Automotive, who announced the move to his employees earlier this week.

  • (Daily Herald) Smashburger, a Denver, Colo., fast-casual restaurant chain, plans to open its third Utah store in Orem.

    The Orem restaurant is scheduled to open Jan. 27 at 542 E. University Parkway, and will hire about 25 workers. Smashburger, which has 50-plus workers in Utah, first opened at the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City last year, and added its second store in Sugarhouse.

  • (The Enterprise) Colorado-based Sunflower Farmers Market plans to open several new Utah stores. They will fund the projects with the proceeds from closing on $35 million in new financing.  The Market currently has operating locations in Murray and Orem, and feels the greater Salt Lake area could hold six of its roughly 28,000 square foot stores. According to CEO Mike Gilliland, two new facilities could close in the next few weeks.

  • (The Enterprise) The three ABC Supply Co. Inc. Solution Centers in Utah, major suppliers of roofing, siding, windows, and more, have recently been redesigned. They are now premier destinations for product information and selection for contractors and clients. The branches are located in Murray, Ogden, and Orem. The reconfigured Solution Centers feature a storage system that organizes product sample boards so contractors can quickly find and take with them the sample they need for customers. ABC Supply store nationwide are being updated with these new designs.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) A small Idaho-based grocery chain has purchased two Albertsons in Orem. The sales are part of the effort by Albertsons owner SuperValu Inc. to shed almost all of its Utah stores.

    The two Orem stores were purchased by Ridley's Family Markets, a family-owned chain in Twin Falls.

  • OREM (Daily Herald) -- An insurance office building proposed for a perennially vacant lot at 825 E. 800 North failed to get the Orem City Council's approval Tuesday as residents once again opposed changes to the area.

  • (Daily Herald) A little bit of California made its way to Orem on Thursday as hundreds of mostly college-aged customers mobbed the new In-N-Out Burger restaurant at 350 E. University Pkwy.

    Some who had long awaited the arrival of the venerable Golden State culinary and cultural institution came the night before; some camped out. But most turned out around the lunch hour to whet their appetites at one of In-N-Out's first two Wasatch Front locations.

  • Orem City approved the site plan for a Holiday Inn Express to be located at 1250 W. University Parkway. The hotel will be a 120 rooms with four stories. The hotel will provide standard private rooms and bathrooms. There will be no restaurant inside, but typical continental breakfast will be provided. The owner of the property is Merril Gappmayer. The developer is Ryan Rivet with Utah Hospitality.

  • (The Enterprise) GSBS Architects was chosen to design a 160,000-square-foot science building for Utah Valley University in Orem. The building will be adjacent to the current 80,000-square-foot Pope Science Building, pending state approval of construction. The single science complex will provide space for laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices for biotechnology, biology, botany, biochemistry, physics, zoology, microbiology, forensics, anatomy/physiology and earth science.

  • (The Enterprise) According to RealtyTrac, Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City had two of the three largest increases in home foreclosures during the third quarter. Increased unemployment and ARM mortgage resets have shifted foreclosure rates into areas that had not been hit earlier. Provo-Orem’s foreclosure rate is up 10.87 percent, and Salt Lake City is up 28.52 percent. There are currently 4,231 properties in foreclosure in the Salt Lake City market.

  • (Daily Herald) After the singing, the council got down to the business of approving plans for Orem's next hotel.

    The council first resolved a matter of setback allowances along an access road near 1100 S. Geneva Road. Then the council heard a recommendation from the planning commission that the city approve the site plan for a Holiday Inn Express in the PD-21 zone.

    According to Stanford Sainsbury, Development Services director, the site plan met all the requirements of the zone.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — After 37 years inside the University Mall, Deseret Book is moving to a 9,500-square-foot space in the new Villages at University Mall, just east of the main mall.

    The new store has an art gallery, a media area with a 140-inch high-definition movie projection screen, Mormon Handicraft and the Lion House Pantry.

    One lucky customer will get a 60-second shopping spree after a drawing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

  • OREM (Daily Herald) -- Despite Midtown Village's existing legal problems, an Orem information technology support services company has relocated its operations to the semi-finished mixed-use project in Orem.

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