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  • LAYTON -- The initial offer by the Utah Department of Transportation to John Sill to buy Sill's Cafe and the land it sits on is one the Layton business owner is leaving on the table.

  • (MIDVALE JOURNAL) City leaders recently adopted a facility master plan that will serve as a blueprint for future building projects.

    In 2007, the city hired the architectural firm of JRCA to study Midvale’s needs regarding personnel and facilities. JRCA’s research was presented to the council for consideration, but no formal action was taken at that time.

  • (MIDVALE JOURNAL) Despite earlier projections, the Midvale City Council has decided it won’t be necessary to raise property taxes to balance the 2010 budget. City leaders previously had considered increasing the tax rates by 6 percent.

    Councilmembers voted to maintain the status quo during the June 16 council meeting, after the city received a final property tax evaluation from the Salt Lake County auditor.

  • (THE HERALD JOURNAL) A number of Utah State University projects — including a major new College of Agriculture facility — have passed the first hurdle in gaining millions in Congressional funding.

    In total, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved over $17 million for USU this week. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, a member of the committee, requested the money for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

  • (DESERET NEWS) Denver-based Smashburger said Wednesday it will open the first two of 10 restaurants in Utah in August, at 3513 S. 2700 West and 2100 S. 1028 East.

    A regional menu tailored to Utah residents' tastes will be featured in each restaurant, including the Beehive Smashburger and Smashchicken and Grasshopper Mint shakes made with H?gen-Dazs ice cream.

    The company will open 30 to 60 other locations nationwide this year. Smashburger's business concept was funded with $15 million from private equity and concept development firm Consumer Capital Partners.

  • To keep his private schools afloat, embattled real estate developer Bob Jones needs to raise money. But he may lose permission to do that, at least temporarily.

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  • Years of hefty rent increases in the Salt Lake area have come to an end. Average rents in Salt Lake County have declined by nearly 2 percent to $756 since just January, according to a newly released report by Apartment Realty Advisors (ARA), a Salt Lake City company that tracks the rental

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  • The community of Woodland had its first public hearing Wednesday before a packed house at the Summit County Council chambers...

  • ST. GEORGE - The opening of the first phase of the Southern Parkway this week marked not only the beginnings of a major new highway, but also opened the door to a massive development plan for the southeast corner of St. George.

  • An Orem-based company accused of doing subpar work when installing guardrails and crash absorbers on Utah highways has pleaded guilty to making fraudulent statements.

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  • The Governor's Office of Economic Development still believes business software giant Oracle Corp. will finish a $313 million data center in West Jordan, even though construction ground to a stop soon after it started.

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  • Washington » The House on Wednesday moved to allow a trade of some 40,000 acres of federal parcels in Utah with state trust lands to help unlock an ownership checkerboard.

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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.
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