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  • (DESERET NEWS) After holding steadfast for the past two years, vacant office space in Salt Lake County increased to a four-year high in this year's second quarter, according to the CB Richard Ellis Mid-Year Market Report.

    As of June 30, the office vacancy rate in Salt Lake County was 14.2 percent, up from 13.5 percent at the same point last year. There is approximately 4.2 million square feet of vacant office space in Salt Lake County, compared to 3.9 million square feet a year ago, the report stated.

  • (DESERET NEWS) The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that nearly 17 percent of all single-family homes built nationally in 2008 earned its Energy Star label — up from 12 percent in 2007.

    Utah, specifically, was among 15 states whose market share of new homes exceeded the EPA's energy-efficiency standards — logging in at 20 percent last year.

    Both home builders and home buyers are continuing to invest in high-performing homes that save steadfast penny pinchers money on their utility bills and help protect the environment, the EPA said.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) In 2011, the old mesa-top airport in St. George is slated to shut down after its bigger, better replacement opens on 1,200 acres five miles southeast of the city's downtown.

    The new jet-friendly facility is expected to fling open the region's doors to robust development.

    "This is the largest public works project we have ever undertaken," said Marc Mortensen, assistant to St. George City Manager Gary Esplin.

  • Orem » When Michael Freeman joined Utah Valley State College in 1993, the library held 66,000 volumes, most of which he soon shed as library director. Freeman has since amassed thousands of new books, housed in a new five-story structure that is noteworthy more for human activity than the printed material it holds.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) After four months of construction, Bluffdale City has bridged the gap with Riverton and is officially reopening the bridge at 13800 South and approximately 3400 West. The bridge straddles the border of the two cities and for this reason, both Bluffdale and Riverton agreed to split the cost of construction.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) Talk of the Black Ridge Reservoir, 5390 West 14940 South, began over a decade ago and the project is just about to become a reality.

    “Discussions of this pond have been going on since 1998,” said Justun Edwards, Herriman water department manager. The reservoir construction is complete and water started flowing into it in early June.

    The reservoir is a joint venture between the cities of Herriman and Riverton to provide homes and public areas in those communities with secondary water.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) Herriman residents got the dirt on the JL Sorenson Recreation Center at an official groundbreaking ceremony June 11. The 110,000-square-foot building will cost an estimated $20.5 million and will include a competition-size indoor pool, a leisure pool with a lazy river, water play equipment and slides, six racquetball courts, an indoor track, two full-size basketball courts and a dance studio.

  • PROVO (DESERET NEWS) — If you love standing in lines, feeling squished and waiting for hours, this story isn't for you.

    But for those who appreciate efficient, expanded court services, the Administrative Office of the Courts wants you to keep reading.

    Court officials know that Utah County's population is growing, especially in the northwest area, and that such growth is putting a strain on the judges, employees and buildings in 4th District Court.

  • (DESERET NEWS) Psst: The super-secretive National Security Agency is about to build a huge, $1.9 billion data center at Camp Williams, Utah, to help spy on communications worldwide.

    The planned work there is so sensitive and classified that Utah's congressional delegation is declining to talk about it, saying it doesn't want to accidentally step over any lines about what can and cannot be disclosed. They referred inquiries to the NSA, which provided only a brief statement confirming the center is coming to Utah.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Utah's first Hyatt Place Hotel opened Wednesday at The Gateway shopping center in Salt Lake City.

    Developed by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Boyer Co., the hotel features 128 guest rooms and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. It will be managed by LodgeWorks, L.P., a privately held hotel development and management company based in Wichita, Kan.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) West Valley City » Walk in the front door and right away there's a scent of something new at Holiday Inn.

    An aroma, not overwhelming but certainly noticeable, wafts through the air upon entering the lobby, dispersed by a scent fan tucked obscurely against a wall.

    "We're paying attention to the whole arrival process," said John Merkin, senior vice president of brand management for Holiday Inn in the Americas. "You notice a whiff when you come in, subtle enough after that initial whiff you don't really notice it."

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE ) Windows off the north side of the Downtown Marriott Hotel afford striking views of construction activity on the City Creek Center project.

    It's an appropriate viewpoint, given that a $7 million face-lift makes the Marriott the first project in downtown Salt Lake City's renovation that is nearly completed.

    "We are the first thing to rise out of 'Downtown Rising,' said Marriott's local sales and marketing director, Bob O'Neill, citing the catch phrase for the downtown makeover bankrolled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • (HERALD JOURNAL) -- As a landscape architect with a master’s in business administration, Blake Wright likes to joke that he should be able to figure out how to make money grow on trees.

    Though Wright hasn’t pulled that off yet, as chief financial officer of Architectural Design West he was able to find funds during tight times — pulling the company out of near bankruptcy in 2001.

  • Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon bucked fellow Democrats on Thursday and vetoed a proposed $5 million property-tax hike.

    The five County Council Democrats remain adamant that a tax increase is needed to mend the county's recession-bruised budget before entering yet another year of economic blows in 2010.

    To move forward with their plan -- which would add $10 a year to the taxes on a $250,000 home -- the council Democrats now must find a sixth vote among Republicans to overturn the veto.

  • South Salt Lake » City leaders are negotiating a possible deal with the Utah Transit Authority to sell Workman Park along the Jordan River Parkway to expand a light-rail service center.

    The city is also looking into buying another recreational property closer to residents to replace the 4.2 acre park that can be used as a soccer or baseball field, said City Attorney Dave Carlson. The park is tucked inside the city's industrial area at 2350 S. 950 West and sits up against the parkway's trail.

  • If she could achieve just one thing in office, Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini says, it would be to remake State Street into the pride of her city. The valley's old backbone -- the broad street stretches from the Capitol in Salt Lake City all the way to Draper -- is a vital artery in the region's

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  • Circuit City. Linens 'N Things. Bombay Co. They're all out of business, their stores shuttered, many employees laid off. But according to their old Web sites, they are all still selling, or planning to sell, the same stuff they always did -- everything from digital picture frames to

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  • New York » The Treasury Department has handed Freddie Mac $6.1 billion in new funds to help the battered mortgage giant offset its mounting liabilities, according to a regulatory filing submitted Wednesday.

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  • Provo » Utah County commissioners cleared the way for a sewage treatment plant in the Palmyra area, but delayed deciding whether a garbage transfer station could also be part of the plan.

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  • (DESERET NEWS) -- It seems overly simple to say that the solution to chronic homelessness is providing a home.

    Overly simple, indeed. And until Matt Minkevitch and The Road Home actually started doing it, virtually no one thought such a simplistic idea would work.

    But it does work — and, in true entrepreneurial style, it works better, at a cheaper cost, than alternatives like jail.

  • (DESERET NEWS) -- David Wadman took his father's business and made it his own.

    Ogden-based Wadman Corp. was founded in 1951 by Wadman's father, V. Jay Wadman. David Wadman grew up working all aspects of the business, setting concrete forms, pulling nails and framing buildings.

  • (DESERET NEWS) -- Though David Entwistle's most recent experience at University Hospital was as a patient in his own facility, the hospital chief executive returned to work for the first time in weeks Tuesday to show off the newly expanded facility.

    While his own recent transport to the hospital was via medical helicopter after a biking accident on May 23, Entwistle hopes to reduce stress by eliminating what many non-emergency patients saw as the worst part of their visit — circling the packed parking lot while praying for an open space.

  • (DESERET NEWS) -- Though Salt Lake County leaders agreed to across-the-board wage reductions Tuesday, a philosophical rift between Democratic Mayor Peter Corroon and the Democrat-controlled County Council was not bridged as wrangling about a proposed property-tax hike and a new package of budget cuts ended in an apparent stalemate.

  • (DESERET NEWS) -- New census estimates released Wednesday reveal that 10 Utah cities have doubled their populations — or more — since the 2000 Census. Saratoga Springs in western Utah County has outpaced them all, growing 14-fold since then, from 1,162 residents in 2000 to 16,053 in 2008.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) -- Salt Lake County will take a swing at selling its scenic South Mountain Golf Club.

    With a budget stuck in the rough of a deep recession, the County Council decided Tuesday to put the unprofitable Draper course up for sale -- a move that Republican Councilman Jeff Allen hopes will rid the county of an investment that runs more than $1 million in the hole every year.

    While the council agreed to put South Mountain on the market, it didn't commit to going through with the sale. Officials simply want to see any offers.

  • A court-appointed fiduciary overseeing a property trust once controlled by a polygamous sect has rejected settlements proposed by the Utah Attorney General's Office and the sect.

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  • The once-rural town of West Haven is now the state's fastest-growing city, benefiting from an expanded sewer system and enticing people with the promise of no property taxes.

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  • The University of Utah on Tuesday named one of the state's most influential architects to lead its School of Architecture. Prescott Muir, whose vision is apparent in several public buildings along the Wasatch Front, including some on the U.

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  • Jake Boyer, president of The Boyer Co., has been named chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber board of governors. Boyer succeeds Chris Redgrave, vice president and general manager of Bonneville Salt Lake Radio Group.

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  • (TAYLORSVILLE/KEARNS JOURNAL) -- Whether you have a toddler looking for a jungle gym, a dog owner looking for an off-leash park or an angler hoping to catch a large catfish, Millrace Park, located at 1200 West 5400 South, may be your Taylorsville destination.

    “We are really excited about the improvements to the park,” said City Administrator John Inch Morgan in an update to the city council on June 3.

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