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  • (DESERET NEWS) Renting an apartment along the Wasatch Front is getting a little less expensive, according to a report released this week.

    The Apartment Realty Advisors Mid-Year 2009 Greater Salt Lake Multi-Family Report said that overall rental rates fell to $738 per month from $753 at year-end 2008, while vacancy rates climbed a bit from 6.6 percent at year's end to 7.8 percent for mid-year 2009.

  • PROVO (DESERET NEWS)  — Possible zoning changes for downtown Provo could allow two-family homes while banning new tattoo parlors, tobacco stores, escort services and pawnbrokers.

  • Despite the slowdown in the economy, cities west of I-15 are experiencing the advantage of locale and the expansion of commerce through economic development.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Call it the calm after the storm.

    Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's revamped plans for a $125 million public-safety complex -- now to be located across the street from Library Square instead of on the beloved block -- met with modest, but united, public approval on Tuesday.

    City Hall was barraged with more than 400 comments after Becker suggested in May that a five-story police-fire headquarters and three-story emergency-operations center could grace the east side of the award-winning Main Library.

  • MIDVALE (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) » Almost 70 years ago, it opened as the building to serve as the first Salt Lake County government library.

    The building, 655 W. Center St., was later converted in 1977 into the current home of Midvale City Hall -- which underwent a $1 million renovation project seven years ago.

    Now, city leaders are discussing plans to build a new $13 million City Hall campus that would include a fire station, Justice Court, community center and meetings rooms.

  • Orlando, Fla. » LDS Church-owned Deseret Cattle & Citrus, a 290,000-acre cattle ranch that stretches through Orange, Osceola and Brevard counties, has been recognized by the Florida Cattlemen's Association for environmental stewardship.

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  • MERIDIAN, Idaho » Developer Frank Varriale hoped his plans to build shops, apartments and a hotel in this sprawling Boise suburb would have become reality by now.

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  • ST. GEORGE — State and local officials celebrated the opening of the first phase of the Southern Parkway Tuesday, calling the event a precursor to the next phase in Southern Utah's development.

  • Utah's construction economy will get a huge boost -- likely rivaling the effect of the downtown City Creek Center project -- when ground is broken on a new National Security Agency Data Center at Camp Williams next year, according to construction sector officials.

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  • A court-appointed accountant has asked a judge to order Utah's attorney general to release $192,600 in occupancy fees from residents of homes held in a polygamous church land trust.

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  • LAYTON - The south Layton interchange will cost less than expected and take less time to build, officials say. The Utah Department of Transportation this week officially selected Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, of Draper, for the $97.5 million project, said Vic Saunders, UDOT public involvement manager.

  • LAYTON -- Just as the summer temperatures start to pick up, so, too, will road construction. A number of Utah Department of Transportation projects in Weber and Davis counties are picking up steam this week as the state makes use of its portion of federal economic stimulus money.
  • (THE HERALD JOURNAL) -- Construction on two new elementary schools in the Cache School District is well under way, and district officials expect the buildings will be ready to open by the start of the 2010-11 school year.

    Work on the schools, one in Nibley and one in Smithfield, began in March. Crews at the sites have laid much of the necessary concrete and underground utilities at both sites, said district facilities manager Bruce Parker. Masonry crews have also begun to build the schools’ exterior walls.

  • LEHI (DESERET NEWS)  — One small step for Utah Transit Authority, one giant leap toward easing transportation congestion along the Wasatch Front.

    Monday afternoon, UTA crews showed off their newest mile-long rail addition near the future Lehi station on the FrontRunner South line, which will eventually run from Salt Lake City to Provo.

    The 45-mile commuter rail line, which parallels the Union Pacific tracks through the two counties, is slated for completion no later than 2015.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Washington County is being slammed hardest by the recession. Cache, Daggett, Millard and Morgan counties are coping best. And the rest of Utah lies somewhere in the middle.

    Overall, however, the state's 29 counties are in better shape than much of the country, according to The Associate Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties.

  • Vernal (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) » There was a time when hordes of visitors -- up to a half million a year -- explored the lost world of the stegosaurus, allosaurus and diplodocus at Dinosaur National Monument.

    Call it the Jurassic Park Period, circa 1993 to '97.

    That's when Steven Spielberg's blockbuster thriller and the first of two sequels lured millions to theaters and an average of 485,000 a year to the eastern Utah monument's main attraction: the Quarry Visitor Center.

  • Political wrangling over a property tax veto issued last week by Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon continued Monday when a...
  • ST. GEORGE - As over-arching economic unrest continues to discourage consumers, sales tax revenue plunged 10.4 percent statewide, according to recent data from the Utah State Tax Commission.
  • Commerce CRG , a Utah based commercial real estate firm, will be moving this fall from 175 E. 400 South to 170 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.   Zions Bank has won the 2009 Model Bank Award in the category of online account opening from the research and consulting firm Celent.

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  • North Logan (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) » With the largest commercial development in the history of Cache County well under way, investors are betting on an improving economy to fill it up.

    Ryan Reeves is the broker for the $100 million-plus Eagle Creek Industrial Business Park, which recently broke ground at 3100 North and Main Street in this northern Utah community, population 8,149.

  • (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.

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