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  • Smashburger, originally located in Denver, will open the first of 10 planned Utah eateries in West Valley. A second will open in Sugar House, with more to open in Ogden, Provo and Logan. The diners will range in size from 1,600 to 2,200 square feet. Consumer Capital partners originally invested $15 million in Smashburger when it was launched a year ago in April. The company has 12 other locations in Colorado, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Franchise agreements have been sold for more than 200 locations.

  • Mountainland Applied Technology College plans to build an $18 million building on 18 acres in Lehi. This will be the fourth MATC, with the three campuses located in American Fork, Orem and Spanish Fork. The finished building will be 75,000 square feet. The land for the new school was purchased in 2006 for $2.3 million — $1.2 million of which was allocated by the legislature. The legislature approved the funding earlier this year using monies from President Barak Obama’s stimulus package.
  • (Daily Herald) Seeking to bring Fortune 500 companies -- and jobs -- to Utah Valley, a joint proposal between Lehi and Thanksgiving Point to construct environmentally friendly buildings overcame a major hurdle on Tuesday.

    After more than an hour of heartburn and debate, Alpine School District board members voted unanimously to support a draft agreement giving the project a $1.6 million property tax break over 15 years. Final approval will be made in a future public meeting.

  • (Daily Herald) One of Provo's beloved restaurants, Ottavio's Ristorante Italiano at 71 E. Center St., is closing its doors on Saturday after nearly 11 years of business.

  • PROVO (Deseret News) — When the house at 279 S. 600 West was built, no one had heard the term "smart home."

    But now, the home that dates to the 1920s is becoming one.

    A block party to introduce various ways homeowners can make their homes more energy efficient is set for 6 to 8 tonight. The home is the centerpiece.

  • (Deseret News) The first six months of 2009 may be a precursor to the challenges to come in Utah's real estate market, according to the Mid-Year 2009 Market Review, released Tuesday by real estate brokerage firm Commerce CRG.

    An analyst for the Salt Lake City-based company told the Deseret News that vacancies in the Salt Lake County office market would likely continue to climb for the next six months of the year and into 2010 from its current rate of 13.6 percent.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Music fans will get more elbow room - or at least a better view of the stage. Brides and grooms can greet well-wishers in a new, modern reception space. And all Gallivan Center goers are likely to appreciate this planned amenity: public restrooms.

    On Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency Board, approved the design for a long-awaited $7 million-plus makeover of the beloved urban plaza.

    Construction will start next March, said Gallivan Director Talitha Day.

  • Visions of a film center on Main Street now include brick and mortar. Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency agreed Tuesday to buy the historic Utah Theater and neighboring retail spaces for $7 million.

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  • The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a $125 million public-safety bond on November's ballot. If approved by voters, the bond will cover the cost of building a new police-fire headquarters and an emergency-operations center.

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  • Parents have argued with their children for years to shut down the computer and play outside. "We're losing a lot of kids to the basement," said Diana Ross, co-owner of Playspace Designs.

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  • (Forbes.com) Centuries ago, Native Americans discovered a pleasant spot on the banks of the Merrimack River. They called it "Namoskeag," which translates loosely to "the good fishing place." The anglers have long since passed on, and the locality is now better known as Manchester, N.H. Time to add another title: best cheap city in the U.S.

  • (DESERET NEWS) Utah may be in for one of the toughest economic years ever, according to a report released Monday.

    The June issue of "Utah's Economy," a monthly report produced for commercial real estate firm Commerce CRG by Jim Wood, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah, said "the most recent forecast for the Utah economy shows a bottom established in 2009 with some signs of growth by 2010.

  • The historic Odd Fellows Hall will stay put for now. A federal judge on Monday refused to order work to continue on the 118-year-old building, which is to be moved to a new Market Street site to make way for a new courthouse.

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  • CEDAR CITY - The Iron County Commission on Monday, taking into consideration the projected economic situation, decided not to match funds requested for a Cedar City fire station grant at this time.

  • A year after its opening, the building housing the Mark Miller Toyota-Scion dealership in downtown Salt Lake City has received a Gold LEED certification from the U.

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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 (http://utahbotanicalcenter.org) 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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