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NuSkin wants Provo 'gathering place'

PROVO (Deseret News) — NuSkin wants to build a little bit of Salt Lake City in downtown Provo as part of a $30 million expansion of its international corporate headquarters.

The company is asking Provo to vacate a one-block stretch of 100 West for a "privately owned public space" that will join the company's existing 10-story office building and a proposed six-story, 120,000-square-foot building on the northwest corner of 100 West and Center Street.

"We are looking for something that will give Provo a sense of place, like the Main Street Plaza or Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City," said Gary Garrett, NuSkin's vice president of corporate relations. "This is something that would help people identify downtown Provo as a gathering place."

The company said the open-air plaza and two- to three-story atrium, including a sculpture and possibly a water feature, will be made available for public use, in addition to hosting company events.

Garrett said the yet-to-be-designed project would be built to complement a proposed convention center that Utah County is building in the downtown area.

"We feel that the street is critical to the success of our project," he said. "We plan to blend the new building with our existing structure while preserving the historic feel and charm of the downtown area."

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