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  • Draper (Salt Lake Tribune) » It's called Canyon Vine Cove, but a more appropriate name might be Foreclosure Boulevard.

    Within walking distance of the Draper Temple, trophy home after trophy home was built in recent years, with construction fueled by the lax lending standards and adjustable-rate loans that would later help push the nation's teetering economy into recession.

    Today, two years into the Wasatch Front's real estate downturn, the street is littered with properties in various stages of being repossessed by banks.

  • FARMINGTON -- Uncomfortable about voting without more input, city officials will try one more time to get a sense of how residents in an older section of Farmington would feel if their neighborhood is the first to make it onto the city historic landmark registry.
  • These are tough times for Utah's home building industry, but better times may lie ahead.

    The collapse of the state's housing bubble in 2008 wiped out at least $20 billion in residential real estate wealth, eliminated thousands of construction jobs and forced hundreds of homebuilders out of business, according to James Wood, director of the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

  • Sacred space » Episcopal Diocese may sell it to help renovate newer building.

    Park City » Parishioners of St. Luke's Episcopal Church face a tough question this year: whether and how to make a case for saving the church's historic Chapel in Old Town, built in this mining town's heyday.

    The small, Gothic-style chapel wedged among Park City homes, bed-and-breakfasts and real estate shops, has no parking and cannot hold all of St. Luke's parishioners.

  • Utah's crisis counselors will get training Monday to help people cope with unemployment and home foreclosures. The all-day workshop will be held at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City.

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  • HURRICANE - Delays on state Route 9 in Hurricane will be around for a while as Utah Department of Transportation works on a resurfacing project followed by the widening of the highway sometime in the fall.

  • The Salt Lake City Council is about to decide whether to ask voters on Nov. 3 to approve a $125 million bond issue to finance a new headquarters for its police and fire services.

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  • BRIGHAM CITY - The Box Elder Justice Court may get a new home by the jail. Kevin Miller and Scott Henriksen, of Salt Lake City-based GSBS Architects, met with the Box Elder commissioners in a work session this week to discuss the possibility of building a new justice court attached to the jail.
  • (Deseret News) Suspended some 8 feet off the ground, Odd Fellows Hall has been left in a precarious — and potentially dangerous — spot after a moving crew walked off the job site last month, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

    Layton Construction has asked the court to intervene and force an Oregon company back onto the job site to complete the building's move across Market Street.

    In arguments filed this week, attorneys for both companies painted contrasting pictures of an ongoing financial fight and the century-old building's safety.

  • (Utah Buildings) Engineering News Record recently ranked the top 400 contractors in the country. Utah has three companies in the top 100. They are Big-D Construction, Layton Construction and Okland Construction. Others ranked include Jacobsen Construction, Clyde Co., R&O Construction and Wadman Construction.

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  • SALT LAKE CITY (Utah Buildings) - One of only a handful in the state of Utah, the Utah State University Wetland Discovery Point at Utah Botanical Center now stands as the first USU building to earn the highest honor possible for sustainable and green design-LEED Platinum Certification. In garnering the certification by the U.S. Green Building Council the center ( is not only green, but able to maintain itself without disturbing the ecological balance of the surrounding wetlands.

  • OGDEN (Utah Buildings) -- Imagine a concrete mix that is designed to adapt to the weather, time constraints, and unique challenges faced by your ready-mixed concrete projects. This is just what Staker Parson Companies has created with its new line of customizable concrete mixes, WIN3. WIN3 mixes were developed to provide contractors and owners with top quality mix designs that are easier to work with and finish.

  • Delays have been encountered in construction of seven state-controlled liquor stores, but three new stores already are open for business and several should ring up sales by the holidays, state officials say.

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  • It's the height of Utah's construction season, but the only work being done on the former Cottonwood Mall site is removal of massive thistles and weeds along a nearby creek.

    And that situation is not likely to change anytime soon, General Growth Properties Inc. spokesman Kris Longson told the Holladay City Council on Thursday.

    "I wish I had further insights," said Longson, who represents the Chicago-based company that owns the mall property. "The market hasn't changed."

  • Experts viewing reeling projections of Utah's construction economy have high comeback hopes, thanks to a proposed $1.9...

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  • Utah Sen. Bob Bennett announced Thursday that the Senate Appropriations Committee has included $211 million for the construction of a new U.S. District Courthouse in Salt Lake City in its 2010 fiscal year appropriations bill.

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  • ST. GEORGE - Bank owned properties continue to dominate Washington County's housing market, as the region's foreclosure rate remains higher than the national average.

  • After several boom years, Utah's commercial real estate sector is slowing as companies of all sizes, stung by recession, put off expansion plans and close locations.

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  • South Jordan City has the highest grant utilization in the state

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  • The Disability Law Center is seeking people for a documentary on fair housing. The film will look at the fair housing laws and the challenges disable people face finding affordable, accessible and safe housing. People with disabilities, their family members, service providers or other advocates are invited to share their stories. They should contact Levi Webb, an advocate at the Disability Law Center, at 1-800-662-9080.

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  • (Daily Herald) An increasingly popular health care provider in downtown Provo is looking for a new home.

    The Mountainlands Community Health Center is losing its lease at the corner of 100 North and 200 West as developers prepare to build a new convention center on nearly 2.5 acres of property there. The new convention center will be located on the blocks between 200 West and 300 West, Center Street and 100 North.

    "We're hoping that our services will be continued without any hesitation or delay," said the center's development director, Lori Wright.

  • PROVO (Daily Herald) -- Provo Housing Authority commissioners got an insider's look at the old St. Francis lot on 500 West on Wednesday.

    Granted, right now the lot is mostly a big hole on the ground and the Provo Housing Authority's board had the same view that anyone walking or driving slowly down the street would have, but executive director Doug Carlson also talked about some ideas for this lot.

    "There's a lot for us to study and to look at in determining feasibility," he said.

  • A 68,000-square-foot retail center, SoDa Row Village Center, is scheduled to open in August in Daybreak. The South Jordan, five-building strip mall was built to meet LEED Gold standards. Most of the center will have tenants, although 20,000 square feet remain available. Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Centers, San Gelato Café, Tio’s Mexican Restaurant, Oopsie Daisy, Classic Cleaners, Guy’s Barbershop and Zions Bank will be the first tenants of SoDa.
  • Wasatch Advantage Group plans to break ground in August on a 214-unit apartment community in Midvale at 7400 South and 1000 West. Construction is expected to take 14 months. Florentine Villas will be part of an affordable apartment community located on the former Sharon Steel site in Midvale. The Villas will be part of the San Moritz and San Malo properties, which will have nearly 700 units collectively. Wasatch Advantage is also planning to break ground in 2010 on Tuscany Village, an 85-unit, senior living complex.

  • LAYTON -- The initial offer by the Utah Department of Transportation to John Sill to buy Sill's Cafe and the land it sits on is one the Layton business owner is leaving on the table.

  • (MIDVALE JOURNAL) City leaders recently adopted a facility master plan that will serve as a blueprint for future building projects.

    In 2007, the city hired the architectural firm of JRCA to study Midvale’s needs regarding personnel and facilities. JRCA’s research was presented to the council for consideration, but no formal action was taken at that time.

  • (MIDVALE JOURNAL) Despite earlier projections, the Midvale City Council has decided it won’t be necessary to raise property taxes to balance the 2010 budget. City leaders previously had considered increasing the tax rates by 6 percent.

    Councilmembers voted to maintain the status quo during the June 16 council meeting, after the city received a final property tax evaluation from the Salt Lake County auditor.

  • (THE HERALD JOURNAL) A number of Utah State University projects — including a major new College of Agriculture facility — have passed the first hurdle in gaining millions in Congressional funding.

    In total, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved over $17 million for USU this week. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, a member of the committee, requested the money for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

  • (DESERET NEWS) Denver-based Smashburger said Wednesday it will open the first two of 10 restaurants in Utah in August, at 3513 S. 2700 West and 2100 S. 1028 East.

    A regional menu tailored to Utah residents' tastes will be featured in each restaurant, including the Beehive Smashburger and Smashchicken and Grasshopper Mint shakes made with H?gen-Dazs ice cream.

    The company will open 30 to 60 other locations nationwide this year. Smashburger's business concept was funded with $15 million from private equity and concept development firm Consumer Capital Partners.

  • To keep his private schools afloat, embattled real estate developer Bob Jones needs to raise money. But he may lose permission to do that, at least temporarily.

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