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  • WASHINGTON » Fresh signs emerged Monday that the recession is letting up. Manufacturing's slide is slowing. Builders are boosting spending on construction projects -- including homes. Original Article

  • Civil lawsuits filed this month in federal court allege that Artspace, its property management company and attorney deprived two former tenants of property in order to coerce them into an unfair settlement or satisfy a debt in excess of what was originally owed.

  • A slow-sliding streetcar connecting Sugar House with TRAX could be ferrying passengers in three years, and the line eventually may swing north to Westminster College and the University of Utah.

    In a status update Friday, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, South Salt Lake Mayor Bob Gray and Utah Transit Authority board member Keith Bartholomew stood on the corner of McClelland Street and Sugarmont Drive -- the initial end of the line -- to announce the $40 million to $50 million project is "on or ahead of schedule."

  • A state official has decided to halt the award of a bid to administer nearly $20 million in federal affordable-housing funds and rebid the project, saying the process has been unfair.

    Palmer DePaulis, executive director of Utah's Department of Community and Culture, overruled his subordinate, Gordon Walker, in deciding to reopen bidding.

    "I found that it has not provided fair and equitable treatment for potential bidders," DePaulis said in an e-mail sent Thursday to the State Purchasing Division and shared with affordable-housing advocates.

  • CEDAR CITY » Iron County planners are considering whether a proposed development on one of the state's largest mapped landslides would be safe.

    Geologists are studying whether the landslide on Cedar Mountain is still active.

    County Engineer Steve Platt says that needs to be determined before the Iron County Planning Commission can decide whether to allow the development to be built.

    A geologist hired by the county says so far there is not enough data to determine whether the landslide is stable.

  • Roughly 150 Salt Lakers tinkered with LEGO blocks and sketched out plans Saturday for the city's proposed public-safety complex east of the Salt Lake City Main Library.

    "It's a very useful tool," said Jack Hammond, of the American Institute of Architects, which oversaw the daylong workshop. "It gives people a chance to try and solve these problems themselves."

  • Millions of dollars are headed to Utah cities as part of President Barack Obama's federal stimulus program, but local officials say requirements for the public funds are vague, confusing and constantly changing.

    Municipalities from Utah's capital to the likes of Lehi, Midvale and Murray are scrambling to meet deadlines in early June and are crossing their fingers, hoping that planned projects meet final guidelines.

    The latest round of announced stimulus funding revolves around energy efficiency and low-income neighborhoods.

  • Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey likes to bill his town as the future recreation capital of America. But he no longer wants the municipality to operate the recreation center that has been at the heart of his community for four decades.

    In Godfrey's proposed $139 million budget for the coming fiscal year, the line item for the Marshall White Center --- which serves Ogden's seniors, minorities and central city residents -- was reduced from $357,000 to zero.

    That could set up a showdown with the City Council; members say they've been left out of the decision.

  • Melted snow on the Wasatch provides much of the drinking water for the city of Pleasant Grove. But Mayor Michael Daniels believes it can do even more for this Utah County community.

    It can keep the lights on.

    With some congressional cash, Daniels said he could attach turbines to city-owned water pipes creating a mini-power plant that would produce more than double the electricity used to run the municipal government.

  • When the housing boom eventually spilled westward beyond the Oquirrh Mountains, homebuilders were quick to capitalize on the...
  • Emigration Canyon » After decades of dishing up its trademark meatloaf burgers, Chinese chicken salad and Reuben sandwiches topped with Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing, Ruth's Diner has freshened up its image with a nearly $1 million makeover. Original Article

  • Companies promising help with mortgage modification and foreclosure relief are proliferating as the housing crisis continues. But many of these firms are really fraudulent operations aimed at scamming people already in distress. Original Article

  • By Nicole Gonzales, KSL

    SALT LAKE CITY -- The Consumer Confidence Index shows a 14 point jump since last month. It's good news for the travel and real estate industries, as well as retailers.

    When you buy something, your receipt is a proof of purchase and, in this market, perhaps proof of your consumer confidence.

    "It's been really upbeat here, actually. We have people coming in saying we're doing really well," said Julie Bell, of Whimsy clothing boutique. Original Article

  • CENTERVILLE — You can't really call it a groundbreaking because earth work for the Davis Cultural Arts Center has been going on for months.

    But it looked like a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the construction site, 535 N. 400 West, complete with local dignitaries, speeches and a check for $800,000.

    Instead, it was called a construction kickoff, an event officials from Centerville and Bountiful, as well as the future tenants of the center, hope will show to potential investors that the project has begun in earnest — that this isn't a conceptual project.

  • OGDEN -- There's a brand-new home for sale on Pingree Avenue and it's more affordable than you might think.

  • Utah's bold aim to end chronic homelessness by 2014 might have its epicenter in projects like downtown Salt Lake City's Palmer Court, which plans a ribbon-cutting next week on low- and no-cost apartments for up to 300 residents. Original Article

  • Moshe Safdie may get another chance to put his design stamp on downtown Salt Lake City. The famed architect, whose vision led to the capital's striking Main Library, is among two development groups that have petitioned to build the $81. Original Article

  • HURRICANE - More than 200 people attended the public hearing for the proposed Our World Family project at the Hurricane Elementary Auditorium, on Thursday, and after an hour of comment, those in favor and against were about even.

  • CEDAR CITY - A decade ago an open access, fiber optic network was not thought possible for rural areas. However, as of Thursday, Cedar City has been fully outfitted with 70 miles of cable. The cable, installed by Utah InterLinx Communications, will allow high-speed, redundancy in communication services for every business and household in its boundaries.

  • Tom Hulbert's plan to erect a 7,000-square-foot mini-mansion on Yale Avenue has cleared a hurdle. Salt Lake City's Board of Adjustment has upheld a zoning administrator's ruling that the height of the prospective home is in compliance -- rejecting a challenge filed by Yalecrest residents who Original Article

  • In Utah, 8.4 percent of homeowners with a mortgage are either behind on their payments or in foreclosure, and on a national level now even those with good credit and fixed rates are starting to suffer. Original Article

  • If Mayor Ralph Becker and other Salt Lake City leaders settle on Library Square as the site of the proposed public-safety complex, planners say they will be building on solid ground.

    Despite a list of seismic concerns from the Main Library's project manager, city officials say either side of 300 East would be a safe place to build two multistory buildings.

    "It is clear that either of the proposed site locations do (not) present undue hardships in that context," David Everitt, Becker's chief of staff, wrote in letter to project manager Ken Ament on Wednesday.

  • FARMINGTON -- Groundbreaking for the proposed 45,000-square-foot Davis County Health offices will not be until late summer or early fall, health officials said.

  • After weeks of silence, perhaps the paramount voice in the Library Square debate is declaring his disgust.

    Award-winning architect Moshe Safdie, who designed Salt Lake City's showcase Main Library, has "great concern" with Mayor Ralph Becker's proposal for a cop shop on the downtown cultural block, calling the resulting arrangement a "fundamental transformation for the worse."

  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's passion for bicycling gets painted on asphalt this summer with new bike lanes along 22 miles of city streets. Over the next two or three years he hopes to double the 60 miles of road currently buffered by bike lanes, and his budget includes $500,000 toward Original Article

  • In March, Utah received nearly $20 million in federal dollars to shore up communities riddled with foreclosed and abandoned homes. So far, the money sits idle, generating growing concern among Utah's affordable housing advocates, who fear the state will miss out on the next round of Original Article

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Despite some 40 hours at the negotiating table, a battle for control of a Southern Utah polygamous church's land trust may be getting more contentious rather than closer to a settlement.
  • CEDAR CITY - Two homes are being built in the Cedar Meadows subdivision for two Cedar City families. The construction management students from Southern Utah University are near completion of these single-family homes. ADB Bank provided the financing and the Cedar City Housing Authority coordinated donations and management of the project.
  • Sacramento, Calif. » If AIG was too big to fail, how about the world's eighth-largest economy? In a move with only one modern-day precedent, California Gov. Original Article

  • OGDEN — Weber State University will celebrate the opening of a $9 million gathering center and offices for more than 100 continuing education staff Thursday.

    The Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning was designed by MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City and was built entirely with non-state monies, due in large part to private donations, including a significant gift from the Stewart Education Foundation. The 42,000-square-foot building is east of the Lindquist Alumni Center and includes a hallway connecting the two buildings.

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