During today’s council meeting we received an update on the new Provo Recreation Center. The current goal is to complete the construction by February of 2013. The architect was announced as being VCBO architecture, the group which had prepared the initial rec-center study. I imagine that this means the final product will be fairly similar to the original concept they provided us with.
One component of effectively building this nearly $40 million dollar project is getting the contractor, Sandy based Layton Construction, involved early in the design process. Based on everything I have seen it looks like both firms are already working hard to make sure that the residents get an extremely good product at a fair price to the taxpayers.
Many will remember that last November 59% of Provo voted in favor of a modest property tax increase in order to pay for the recreation center.
I imagine many details still remain to be finalized prior to construction, but would invite you to look at this PDF to get some idea of the key services and activities that the new rec center will bring to the city.
Some weeks ago we sold an easment to the Federally funded Central Utah Pipeline project for $433,000. It makes sense that the residents in South Provo receive some benefit from this money considering that their homes and neighborhoods are being directly affected by the construction taking place as the pipeline project comes through Provo from Springville.
A number of possible uses for the funds have been suggested:
Photo by arbyreed.
This past May Chadders, a clone of In-n-Out Burger suddenly closed its doors state-wide. Since then, the location on 9th East where the Provo Chadders had recently been built has remained vacant.
Good news – the location has a new tenant, and it’s a Diner.
T’s Diner offers a creative mix of breakfast favorites, standard diner fare, and ‘Southern-Colorado Style’ Mexican Food.
From what I can tell, the location has kept much of the Chadder’s look, but has certainly expanded the menu. Hours are 6am til 11pm, except for Friday and Saturday when it’s open til Midnight.
It’s always great to see a new diner in Provo, especially one that makes up a pretty delicious homemade Hash Browns. Prices are also very reasonable, with a burger-fries-drink running about $5.
In a multi-billion dollar deal, Novell has been acquired at roughly $6.10 per share. Attachmate is the largest privately held software company in the state of Washington. As part of the deal, Attachmate indicated an intent to split Novell’s operations between Novell products and those of their operating system, SUSE Linux.
Additionally, it appears portions of Novell’s intellectual property will be sold to Microsoft. Further information regarding the acquisition may be found here.