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  • PROVO — Local elected officials and business leaders shared their ideas Tuesday for a proposed 80,000-square-foot convention center in the Utah County seat.

    Utah County Commissioner Steve White called it "a visioning meeting," during which community members and architects discussed what the center should include and how it should look. The proposed site for the center is a block west of the Provo Marriott, 101 W. 100 North.

  • LAYTON — The Layton City Council is expected to vote Thursday on a rezone request by a developer who wants to build 303 housing units in an area known for damaging landslides.

    The expected vote likely will take place in front of resident-formed coalitions to oppose the development. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Layton City Hall, 437 N. Wasatch Drive.

    The residents say they are not opposed to all development; they just want responsible development.

  • Instead of bringing a brand-new hotel to the Salt Palace, a proposed land deal would bring a brand-new convention center to the hotels. Original Article

  • The Utah Department of Transportation has approved three teams of road builders to bid on its costliest-ever highway project, the widening of Interstate 15 in Utah County. Original Article

  • Washington » Utah's governor in waiting dropped into the nation's capital this week but is leaving without a presidential appointment. In fact, Lt. Original Article

  • Homebuilders, homeowners and residential developers will be permitted to place temporary signs for model homes, real estate open houses and subdivision projects in Eagle Mountain for a period of four months.  

  • Thousands of music fans will gather at the Gallivan Center this summer to see Sonic Youth, M. Ward, The Black Keys and other national acts.

    Trouble is, most of them won't actually be able to see the stage.

    Salt Lake City hopes to remedy that situation for the 2011 lineup.

    The city is in the process of designing a $5.8 million makeover for the popular downtown plaza. Plans call for more than doubling the size of the amphitheater, providing enough space for 4,000 people to ring the stage.

  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced Wednesday morning that he is scrapping hotly disputed plans to build a $125 million public-safety complex on downtown's Library Square.

    Instead, the mayor will focus on other locations for a five-story police headquarters and three-story emergency-operations center, possibly east of 300 East, across the street from the city's showcase Main Library, or at the nearby Ken Garff property or Chamber of Commerce block.

  • Zions Bancorp CEO Harris Simmons kept the spin to a minimum at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday and instead offered shareholders a no-nonsense look at the company's struggles in 2008. Original Article

  • The perpetual parking lot may actually be developed.
  • Salt Lake County prosecutors have paid rent long enough. Now they want a home of their own. District Attorney Lohra Miller urged county leaders Tuesday to stop leasing office space and start investing in permanent digs for prosecutors -- a move she maintains would save taxpayers millions of Original Article

  • The restaurant business is challenging in any economy. In the midst of a recession and downtown Salt Lake construction...
  • The Links at The Homestead , a development with 57 cottages along the 10th and 11th holes of The Homestead Golf Course in Midway, is adding an outdoor pavilion, which will include a swimming pool, changing rooms and a seating area with fire pit. Original Article

  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been thinking about where to place a new police-fire headquarters "day and night," listening to and reading a barrage of public comments.

    The overwhelming message: Don't put a cop shop on Library Square.

  • A former South Jordan man was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and three years of probation for cheating two investors out of about $4.7 million.

    Darin Layne Kracl, 41, who had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony securities fraud, also was ordered by 3rd District Judge Randall Skanchy to pay restitution as directed by the Utah Attorney General's Office. The amount will be at least $500 a month at first, then increase to more than $2,500 a month.

  • SANDY -- One in seven homes listed for sale on the real estate board's Multiple Listing Service in Salt Lake County is what's termed a "short sale."

    A short sale basically means a homeowner is asking the bank to let them sell the house for less than what they owe. The rise in short sales can be traced to the troubled economic times.

  • Theodore (Ted) Christian Jacobsen helped build his family's construction business into a Utah powerhouse, whose legacy is visible just about any direction one looks, from the University of Utah's Huntsman Center to Utah Olympic Park outside of Park City. Original Article

  • Coming on the heels of other recent surveys with similar results, a regional index of economic conditions in Utah and two neighboring states shows signs the downturn might be bottoming out. Original Article

  • It is staggering to imagine that two-thirds of the buildings and homes to be constructed in the valley by 2040 are still yet to be built, according to Envision Utah. Quality projects are what Envision Utah strives for and is reflected its Wasatch Choices 2040 principles which cities throughout the state formally adopted, including West Valley City.

  • Despite the pleas of a roomful of Bloomfield Heights residents who neighbor the future Peterson development at about 5600 West and 7800 South, the City Council voted 5-1 on March 10 to pass both a future land use amendment and rezone in the future community.

    During the public hearing, residents voiced concerns that the proposed development wouldn’t fit in with the feel of their community, and would bring additional traffic, crime and school overcrowding.

  • The Home Weatherization Assistance Program in Utah received significant funding under the federal Recovery Act. This program provides for weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment.

    Homes that participate in this free program will see an average savings of up to $300 in their yearly home heating and cooling costs. Only individuals or families making less than a specified income are eligible to participate in the program. Maximum income depends on your household size.

  • South Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County officials are working with the Salt Lake Board of Realtors to lead real estate agents and the aspiring homeowners they serve to believe that properties in the city are a great investment.

  • There have been further developments in the possible purchase of the former Utah Fun Dome property in Murray. As previously reported in the Murray Journal, Prison Watch International had expressed interest in purchasing the Fun Dome, but it was just one of about “two to three dozen parties looking at the property,” according to Gary R. Nelson of Highland Commercial, Inc., the exclusive listing broker for the property.

  • At least 50 percent of parcels between 200 East and I-15, an area known as West Millcreek, are affected by blight, according to a Salt Lake County study.

    County officials have been looking at the area within the boundaries of 3900 South to 4500 South on the north and south sides and from State Street to the boundary of I-15 on the east and west to decide whether the neighborhood could benefit from economic development assistance.

  • 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."

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