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  • (Park Record) A parcel of land City Hall has agreed to purchase in Thaynes Canyon to preserve as open space could not have been heavily developed under its current zoning restrictions, meaning it is unclear to what extent officials will have checked sprawl with the deal.

  • (Park Record) More than a year after losing a high-ranking position in the real estate industry, Mayor Dana Williams has landed a job as a barista in a coffee shop in Old Town.
    Park City Coffee Roaster hired the mayor on a part-time basis to work at its location inside the Kimball Art Center. He started on Monday. Williams makes coffee, mans the cash register and cleans dishes. He said he expects to work at the Coffee Roaster between 25 and 30 hours each week.

  • (Daily Herald) Alpine's Planning Commission has set a public hearing to be held at the next available meeting on the issue of accessory apartments. The subject of the public hearing will be on the definition of accessory apartments which currently have to have seperate eating, sleeping and sanitation facilities. The change proposed would be to replace the word "eating" to cooking.

  • (Daily Herald) A proposed assisted living facility with 26 beds was given a recommendation from the Highland Planning Commission for approval on Aug. 25. It is to be located on 4800 West at approximately 10600 North, across from the LDS seminary. Because of the proximity to the Lone Peak High School and the traffic it generates, a restriction barring left-hand turns between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 was one of the conditions included in the motion.

  • Scofield (Salt Lake Tribune) » From the porch of their summer cabin, Paul Mancina and his sister, Judy Lamb, can look out over Scofield Reservoir and see all the way back to the 1950s.
    But now the federal government says the pair and their extended family -- four generations who have celebrated their lives along the shores of the mountain lake -- must get out.
    "We feel devastated and cheated," said Judy Lamb as she looked over photos of her family at the cabin down through the years.

  • Provo » Coming soon to some Provo neighborhoods -- quiet. Or at least a respite from train horns that honk day and night. City officials and the Utah Transit Authority are fast-tracking an application to establish "quiet zones," through residential areas near the tracks.
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  • Logan » One of the academic research projects receiving state funding would automatically adjust interior lights to suit the needs of people working inside buildings.
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  • It started with a "white elephant." The five-story, derelict building on Murray-Holladay Road sparked a drive among Holladay residents to take control of land-use decisions in their neighborhoods.
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  • Jim Jones has spent the better part of 33 years gazing on Utah and Arizona's redrock vistas during a career replicating them on canvas. The Springdale-based artist has produced hundreds of landscape paintings, including many depicting iconic landforms of Grand Canyon and Zion national parks.
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  • (Salt Lake Tribune) One has apple-green benches, purple lampposts, a children's boutique and a Coffee Garden.

    The other has a drive-through beer mart, weed-ravaged railroad tracks, a Little Caesars and bars guarding storefront windows.

    Salt Lake City's two 9th and 9th districts paint a portrait in contrasts.

    Each is enveloped by thriving neighborhoods and anchored by a Smith's grocery store. Each boasts a bucolic park as a neighbor, while 9th & 9th's western cousin also is flanked by an underappreciated peace garden, a classic library and a meandering river.

  • (Deseret News) A man and a building. A passion for beauty and a commitment to giving back. A flagship store and a landmark preserved. That's the story you find at 15 S. State in downtown Salt Lake City.
    It begins in 1904, when Obert C. Tanner was born in Farmington, the youngest of 10 children of Joseph and Annie Clark Tanner.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Utah's foremost preservation force wants to turn a downtown frog, crawling with cops, into a prince.
    Praising its architecture as innovative though timeworn, the Utah Heritage Foundation is urging Salt Lake City leaders to preserve the 50-year-old public-safety building by selling it to a developer interested in renovation rather than demolition.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Utah business owners generally are optimistic about the direction of the state's economy -- but many still are anticipating that a recovery from the nationwide recession is going to take awhile.
    Zions Bank's latest Utah Quarterly Economic Forecast found that 52 percent of top executives in the state believe it will take their companies at least a year to bounce back from the effects of the recession.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert is pumping another $8 million in federal stimulus money into Utah's housing market.
    It is a reprise of the Home Run Program, backed by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., that advocates say helped spur the sale of 1,625 new homes worth nearly $377 million.
    The new grant program will be smaller -- $4,000 per new-home purchase versus $6,000 in the previous incarnation -- but will be spread among 1,950 homebuyers.
    Herbert predicted it could save or create 9,000 jobs in Utah and generate $25 million in tax revenues for the state.

  • SALT LAKE CITY (Forbes) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Friday he'll use $8 million in federal stimulus funds to help kick start the state's sluggish housing market.
    Herbert's office released a statement saying the state will offer $4,000 grants to 2,000 home buyers.
    The program comes on the heels of one started by former Gov. Jon Huntsman, who used $10 million in stimulus funds to offer $6,000 grants to home buyers in an effort to eliminate a glut of roughly 3,000 newly built homes that had never been occupied.

  • (The Enterprise) Construction has started on a 9,000-square-foot, mixed use project originally planned to be 17,200 square feet. The project, located at 1709 E. 1300 South, is being developed by Rinaldo Hunt of RH Brokerage Services. The project, which was scaled back because of economic conditions, will house a restaurant, retailer and two office spaces. The eatery is scheduled to open in December. Hunt is making final negations with retail tenants and expects the buildling to be fully occupied upon completion.

  • (The Enterprise) Tony Hernandez will open Tony’s Cheesesteaks in West Jordan at 6973 S. Cougar Lane. Hernandez, a native of Philadelphia, will sale authentic Philadelphia-style cheesesteak sandwiches in the 1,350-square-foot building. Beacon Construction of Bountiful is the general contractor for the restaurant.

  • (The Enterprise) Utah Extreme Paintball will open in September at 7050 S. 400 West in Midvale. Nearly 18,000 square feet was leased by Craig Rippen, managing member of Utah Extreme Paintball, LLC. The business will be one of only two paintball facilities in Salt Lake County. The center will include a playing field as well as a pro shop.
     

  • (The Enterprise) Monk’s House of Jazz, formerly an eatery called D.B Cooper’s, will be renovated and reopened as the Gallery Grill and Soul Lounge. The restaurant/lounge, located at 175 S. Main, is slated to open in October or November. Michael Ortez is partnering with Lee Lay and Joe Archuleta to open the business. The space was leased with the help of Chris Kirk and Tom Kirk of Commerce CRG.

  • (The Enterprise) Two Cubes Self Storage facilities are under construction in the Salt Lake Valley. The European-inspired storage facilities will be located at 3300 S. 1053 East in Salt Lake City and 6753 S. 1300 East in Cottonwood Heights. The Salt Lake location is scheduled to open in March and the Cottonwood Heights is scheduled for May. More than 1,400 individual units will be stacked in multiple, four-story structures with cargo elevators and covered drive-up load docks. The units will be on average 110 square feet. The storage centers will each be built on approximately 1.5 acres.

  • (The Enterprise) The Rail Event Center recently opened its business as an open source venue for weddings, trade shows, conferences and concerts at 235 N. 500 West in Salt Lake City. The 42,000-square-foot building was under renovation for the last 2 ½ years and has been leased to the operators of the Rail Event Center: Brad Davis, Scott Cook and Blake Nakamura. The building previously housed a pie manufacturing plant and a Modern Display warehouse. The center has 30,000 square feet on its main floor. A full bar and social club is located upstairs.

  • SALT LAKE CITY /PRNewswire/ -- SilverLeaf Financial has recently purchased two loans totaling a face value amount of nearly $3 million from United Commercial Bank. The properties are located in Massachusetts. One loan is a $2.3 million face-valued loan that consists of a 452,000 sq. ft office/industrial building in Taunton, Mass. The building sits on approximately 40 acres. SilverLeaf is excited about the purchase as there is terrific cash flow being generated from the tenants in this building.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele Valley residents who have clamored for years for an indoor recreation center may soon get their wish. A Layton-based organization has announced plans to build a 70,000-square-foot rec center with 10 courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool and several other amenities on the northwest corner of SR-138 and SR-36 in Stansbury Park.
    The Utah Sports Academy Community Center is being proposed by the nonprofit Utah Sports Academy, founded by Lewis Lofton, a former pro basketball player who once suited up at Weber State University.

  • (Park Record) City Hall has struck a deal with a landowner in Thaynes Canyon to purchase 135 acres of open space, an agreement made notable by the acreage's location on the edge of the neighborhood.
    The Park City Council on Thursday will be asked to authorize the $5 million deal with the Armstrong family. The mountainous land runs west from the Silver Star development. It is close to Park City Mountain Resort, stretching toward the King Con ski lift, but the parcel does not extend into the resort's boundaries.

  • (Daily Herald) The Pointe Performing Arts Academy submitted an application to Highland in order to build a dance studio on the southwest corner of 5600 West and 11000 North (SR 92). However, it failed to get a recommendation from the Highland Planning Commission for both a zone change and conditional use permit on Aug. 25.

  • AMERICAN FORK (Daily Herald) -- The recession's grapple-hold is emboldening some struggling developers to be more aggressive in fighting city fees.
    American Fork charges between $16,000 and $22,000 for each residential building permit, depending on the lot and home size. In a recent meeting, a developer decried those fees, but found little sympathy.

  • (Daily Herald) Orem city officials are threatening to hold a foreclosure auction of the stalled Midtown Village unless its developers pony up $430,000 by Nov. 14 to fund work done on underground public parking.

  • MAPLETON (Deseret News) — A proposed boundary change that would bring into Mapleton land where explosives manufacturing took place for more than 60 years is meeting opposition from residents.
    The Mapleton City Council is considering a proposal to modify boundary lines with Spanish Fork, bringing land owned by Ensign-Bickford into the city for both residential and commercial development. The proposal would give the city a much-needed commercial corridor along U.S. 6 and the potential for residential neighborhoods with as many as 1,000 homes.

  • CENTERVILLE (Deseret News) — Centerville officials announced Thursday that the Davis Cultural Arts Center will be built for $1.2 million less than they had projected.
    The Centerville Redevelopment Agency has had various reasons to love the bidding climate, as earlier phases of construction bids have come in lower than expected.
    In a news release Thursday, Centerville's finance director, Blaine Lutz, said the total budget for the project is now $14.3 million, down from $15.5 million initially projected.

  • Lehi » Microsoft Corp. marked the opening Thursday of its new research and development office where it plans to employ as many as 100 people working on some key areas of the giant software company's products.
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