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  • Saddled with debt and mired in lawsuits, a property trust once controlled by a controversial polygamous sect increasingly looks like a boondoggle. After four years, the state is more entangled than ever with the United Effort Plan Trust and there is no concrete proposal to end -- or pay for --

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  • (South Valley Journal) Herriman residents are one step closer to having a new county library to replace the 3,000-square-foot one they’ve long outgrown. A ground breaking ceremony for the library, which will be located at 5440 West Main Street, was held July 1.

  • (Draper Journal) Draper City will receive 109 acres of open space and South Mountain LLC will receive $2.75 million in Salt Lake County open space funds plus 7.5 acres of city-owned property, according to a recent settlement agreement.

    The action settles a lawsuit filed against the city in 2005 in which South Mountain LLC complained that city officials weren’t allowing them to exercise development rights given to the company in a 1999 agreement.

  • (Draper Journal) After years of debate, delay and changes of plans, final construction has begun on the Draper amphitheater on South Mountain. The Draper City Council recently approved an $888,000 construction contract for the amphitheater building with Interwest Construction.

    Of the $1.2 million allocated for the project, $125,000 already has been spent on design, leaving almost $200,000 for landscaping and a park adjacent to the amphitheater. Councilmembers plan to use money received from selling surplus city property in encroachment cases to add to the park’s budget.

  • MAPLETON (Deseret News) — How much risk is too much risk?

    That was the thorny question discussed for several hours Wednesday as the Mapleton City Council listened to arguments why it should work with Spanish Fork to modify city boundaries and bring the infamous Ensign-Bickford land into the city.

    For more than six decades, various companies — including Trojan Corp. and Ensign-Bickford — manufactured explosives there until officials discovered contaminated water wells in Mapleton, a few miles north of the site.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) The rate of homeownership is forecast to keep tumbling in the next decade to lows not seen since the 1980s, a trend that could redefine a key element of the American dream even after the housing market recovers.

    The percentage of households that own homes hit a peak of almost 70% in 2004 and 2005. By the second quarter of this year, that slipped to 67.4%, according to the Census Bureau. Now, a University of Utah analysis projects it'll drop to about 63.5% by 2020 -- the lowest since 1985.

  • Sunset (Salt Lake Tribune) » Trims to the 2009-2010 budget have not compensated for a drop in sales tax revenue, and the City Council here will consider a property tax increase next Tuesday to supply the $44,000 still needed.

    The roughly 26 percent increase to property tax is the equivalent of $24 more on a $131,000 home. That money would balance the budget where cuts could not, according to Sunset Recorder Susan Hale. This year's budget is roughly $2.2 million, about $110,000 less than last year's fund.

  • (The Herald Journal) Logan landlords may soon have to pony up $50 annually for a city license and open up their properties to inspection.

    The proposed licensing is aimed at making the city’s rental units safer, said James Geier, Logan’s neighborhood improvement coordinator.

    There are about 5,500 rental units and 2,200 landlords in the city, excluding on-campus housing, Geier said. The license fee would be levied per landlord, not per unit.

  • PROVO (Deseret News) — New zoning is in the works that is destined to change the look of the downtown business district.

    "In the central area, all the (land-use) rules are the same," said Provo community development director Gary McGinn during a City Council study meeting Tuesday.

    But that could change in the future.

    "There's a whole lot of things going on," McGinn said.

  • (Deseret News) The owners of Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin Brands of Canton, Mass., are seeking franchisee candidates for 25 new stores planned around Salt Lake City.

    Interested people can attend a seminar in Salt Lake City from from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday to learn about new store designs, marketing, training, site selection and franchising in general. To register for the event, please contact Scott Mellon at 254-640-5861 or

  • DRAPER (Deseret News) — When Ryan Christensen was in the U.S. Navy, he saw thousands of Indonesians living in homes made of cardboard and tin. When he got home he decided to do something about it.

  • Mapleton (Salt Lake Tribune) » In a sometimes emotionally charged meeting, state environmental officials say the former Ensign-Bickford site could be clean enough to build houses on.

    But the prospect of having tons of explosives-contaminated soil entombed on the site is prompting Mayor Laurel Brady and residents to urge a developer to proceed cautiously with plans to build on the site, or even to bring it within the city's borders.

  • Saddled with debt and mired in lawsuits, a property trust once controlled by a controversial polygamous sect increasingly looks like a boondoggle. After four years, the state is more entangled than ever with the United Effort Plan Trust and there is no concrete proposal to end -- or pay for --

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  • ENOCH - After a few changes to what should be conditional use as opposed to permitted use by Enoch for allowed businesses in a commercial zone, the City Council on Wednesday adopted changes to its commercial zoning ordinance and commercial sign ordinance.
  • CEDAR CITY - The first Cedar City Economic Summit took place Wednesday evening in Festival Hall and focused on the implementation of cluster-based economic development.
  • The top property in downtown Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget, is now taking reservations for its new $150 million hotel tower, scheduled to open Nov. 20.

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  • Provo » Starting now, Utah County will borrow money to pay for any expenses related to the proposed Utah County Convention Center. The County Commission voted Tuesday to use tax-free bonds to cover future expenses for the project, a joint venture with the City of Provo.

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  • (The Enterprise) WinCo Foods of Boise has purchased 8.5 acres at 1200 West and 800 North in Orem with the intent of building its fourth Utah store. The firm has already started construction on stores in Midvale, West Valley and Roy and is looking for other potential sites throughout the state. The property in Orem was purchased with the assistance of Commerce  CRG.

  • Holladay » The new junction of Holladay Boulevard and 2300 East opens this week, much to the relief of the downtown businesses and customers who have had their fill of construction dust and orange cones.

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  • (Draper Journal) Rolen Yoshinaga has been named director of Salt Lake County’s Planning and Development Services Division, which oversees long-range planning and development within the unincorporated county, along with business licensing and code enforcement.

  • (Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) City officials are one step closer to revitalizing Holladay’s downtown area as results from the ongoing road construction become evident. The anticipation for a booming Village Center is growing.

    City Manager Randy Fitts and City Engineer Clarence Kemp took the city council on a walking tour of the construction zone and progress of the Village Center during a break of the July 16 city council meeting.

    “You guys are going to leave a huge legacy,” said Fitts to the council. “This is going to be amazing down here.”

  • (Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) The time is almost up for developers of the Cottonwood project. It has been two years since Holladay City made an agreement with General Growth Properties, Inc. to revert the land where the former Cottonwood Mall stood to general commercial zoning if building permits were not initiated by the owner by October 2009.

    Now, they’ve been given a reprieve from that deadline by Holladay City.

    The grand plans for a sustainable, multi-use facility on the site were halted in April when GGP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  • (Daily Herald) Nicole Baldwin almost lost a good deal on a home in Springville because of confusion over new rules aimed at protecting borrowers from inflated appraisals.

  • PROVO (Daily Herald)  -- CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, quietly closed its Provo office at 5255 Edgewood Drive, Suite 250, in a move to consolidate its operations statewide, an official said Thursday.

  • EAGLE MOUNTAIN (Daily Herald)  -- In a sign of the times, milk trumped a lazy river in Eagle Mountain on Tuesday.

    Council members unanimously declined to place an aquatics center bond on the November ballot. The bond would have allowed the public to vote on increasing property taxes to fund an $8 million outdoor leisure pool and lap pool.

    However, they ordered staff to schedule the topic for fall or next spring so the council could debate whether to reconsider and hold a special June election.

  • PROVO (Deseret News) — A year after approving a more than 600-acre development that could become a new town, the Utah County Commission stalled Tuesday on approving a special-service district to fund sewer, road and fire protection for the area.

    Commissioners said they had unresolved issues with Cole Cannon's West Mountain project, but they didn't say what those were and they didn't set a date to revisit the issue.

    Commissioner Gary Anderson said he had issues with both the development and the service district.

  • WEST VALLEY CITY (Deseret News) — Taxes in Utah's second-largest city could be going up if City Council members and the mayor approve a slight change to the certified tax rate for the 2010 fiscal year.

  • MIDVALE (Deseret News) — What was a burgeoning mining site decades ago could become one of the state's largest commercial and office developments.

    Numerous business and civic leaders were on hand Tuesday for the groundbreaking of View72 Corporate Center at 7800 South and 1000 West. Co-developed by the Gardner Co. and Arbor Commercial, when completed, the 200-acre site could accommodate 2 million square feet of commercial and office space, Gardner Co. president Christian Gardner told the Deseret News.

  • (Deseret News) Utah's capital city is among the top 10 cities nationwide where housing vacancies are growing the fastest, according to a report released Tuesday.

    The report ranked the Salt Lake metro area ninth among the 75 largest metropolitan areas across the country.

  • (Deseret News) The federal government has agreed to pay the owners of Port O'Call and the Shubrick Building $7.5 million in compensation for condemning the property to make way for the expansion of the federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City.

    The tentative settlement resolves a condemnation suit filed by the federal government against the property owners, which was slated to go to trial next fall. The government had originally estimated the value of the building and property at $5.5 million, but property owners disagreed with the estimated value.

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