Dozens of people packed into a meeting room at the Springville Library on Tuesday night to find out what might be developed on the downtown block that previously contained Allen’s Super Save Market.
Allen’s Super Save Markets in both Provo and Springville closed their doors for the last time in January 2018, and the building has sat vacant ever since. Tuesday’s meeting didn’t reveal any finalized decisions, though attendants were told of options being considered and were asked for their input.
The properties in both cities were listed for sale in February, and the Springville property is currently under contract with CCA Acquisition Company. Steven Usdan, president of CCA Acquisition, told those attending the meeting Tuesday that before developing, the company and other development partners want to gather public feedback on a future project.
According to the Utah County Parcel map, Allen’s Inc. currently owns the entire block under and around their Springville store, bounded by 300 South and 400 South to the north and south, and 100 West and Main Street to the east and west.
Both 400 South and Main Street are both major thoroughfares for the city.
Justin Earl, co-founder of J.B. Earl Company, stressed that no specific plans have been decided yet for the property, though he did dispel some rumors (the property will not be developed into a homeless shelter) and present six potential development options.
Earl lives in Springville, and said he drives past the location in question almost every day.
“I want a great project for our town,” Earl said.
The first option would simply be to bring new tenants into the existing spaces on the property, Earl said, though that’s not what the development team wants to do.
“We don’t think it maximizes the vision of what downtown Springville could be,” Earl said.
The second option was similar, though it added a few restaurant pads to the property.
Options three through six all involved tearing down the existing structures on the property and starting over with some sort of mixed use development.
Option three would extend Springville’s Main Street shopping all the way to 400 South, a way to increase the city’s tax base, Earl said. The rest of that property would be residential.
Earl said it’s a shame that young college grads have few options for housing in Springville, and typically opt to move up north after graduating instead.
Option four, Earl said, starts getting more into the direction of where the project team wants to see the development go. It includes housing both for rent and for sale, professional office space, retail space and a parking structure.
Option five was similar to option four, adding a “featured corner” where the two main streets meet to feature a possible plaza, or glass storefront that would accentuate a business space.
Option six would maximize site utilization, Earl said, with business, retail, town homes, apartments and community spaces. The building heights would be approximately 55 feet in this plan. Option six would maximize the tax base for the city and the foot traffic downtown, Earl said.
Earl said the project team is not limited to those ideas, and encouraged public feedback. Surveys were handed out at the entrance to the meeting, and people were encouraged to use sticky notes to give feedback on what they did and did not like about the proposed options.
Earl said after the feedback is processed, another similar public feedback meeting will be held in a few weeks, though no details are finalized yet.
David and Debbie Bethers watched in amazement Monday evening as dozens of volunteers began transforming their home and yard.
Vines that had covered an entire side of the house were removed, weeds were pulled at the base of the house and trash and tree limbs already filled a dumpster at the side of the house after only a couple hours.
The couple, both of whom grew up in Benjamin, have lived in the Springville home since 2003, but taking care of and maintaining it has gotten harder. David Bethers has multiple sclerosis and is quadriplegic, making it impossible for him to do much of the house and yard maintenance on their one-third-acre yard.
“We really worked on our backyard hard,” Debbie Bethers said. “Then David got sick ... and so, it’s just been me. So, it really needed a face lift.”
Last time the house needed to be painted, Debbie Bethers said she took a whole week off work to do it by herself.
The volunteers were Springville Zions Bank employees participating in the company’s 29th-annual Paint-a-Thon service project. More than 150 employees and their families signed up to participate by volunteering their time painting and landscaping a home. Across Utah and Idaho, more than 3,000 Zions Bank employees and their families are performing similar projects on 40 homes throughout the week.
Chad Bishoff, the Springville Zions Bank branch manager and team leader for the Paint-a-Thon, said the goal of the project, which runs through Wednesday, is to replace rotten wood in the house’s eaves, paint the entire house and clean up the yard by removing unwanted vegetation or trash.
Paint-a-Thon is aimed at helping people who are elderly, disabled or military veterans take pride in their homes and be able to maintain their independence, according to a press release. Bishoff said the Betherses were recommended to him for the service project through someone he met through Kiwani’s Club.
Other businesses also pitch in resources to make the Paint-a-Thon happen, Bishoff said. Sunroc Building Materials donated the wood to replace the eaves, and Two Jack’s Pizza is donating food to feed the volunteers on Wednesday.
“You just get a lot of people that come and support and help,” Bishoff said.
David Bethers expressed gratitude at what the volunteers were doing, especially considering that before Monday, they had never met a single person doing the work on their home.
“I think they’re just really special,” Debbie Bethers said. “I can’t believe they’re doing this.”
Timp Kiwanis Park should belong to the Provo City School District by the end of the month following approval from the district’s board of education Tuesday evening to purchase the property.
The Provo City School District Board unanimously voted to approve the purchase of the park for $2.13 million for 10.23 acres. The park is adjacent to Timpview High School.
Board President Jim Pettersson read a statement at the beginning of the board’s business meeting Tuesday that stated the current school board does not intend to build any major structures on the land and envisions it to be a green space that will be able to be used by the public. The park’s name will remain the same.
Pettersson said the park’s baseball field will receive improvements to make it more accessible to those with disabilities and a soccer-sized practice field will be added. The sand volleyball pit will be removed.
He said the city reached out to the district about the purchase and that discussions have been going on for two to four years.
“We are very appreciative of the good work that has been done by our district administration, the superintendent and those counterparts in Provo city,” Pettersson said during the business meeting.
The Provo City Council approved the sale last week. Stefanie Bryant, the school district’s business administrator, said Provo wants the deal closed by June 28.
“We are closing pretty quickly in order to get this to their deadline, but I think we can get it done,” Bryant said.
The land will be used to provide equitable access for gendered sports at the high school.
The deal will also add land to Timpview High School’s footprint. Voters will decide in November whether or not to approve a $245 million bond that would be used to rebuild multiple Provo schools, with $145 million earmarked for the rebuilding of Timpview High School
The board also unanimously voted Tuesday evening to approve a new negotiated agreement between the board and the Provo City School District Education Association.
The agreement includes funding two levels for employees on the enhanced salary schedule, which will increase the average teacher salary by 4.66%, adjust which level new teachers start on and adjust salary caps. The agreement also comes with a one-time tiered payment based on how many years a teacher has been with the district. That one-time payment will be $400 for teachers who have been with the district for up to four years, and increased by $100 for every additional five years.
First-year teachers previously started off with a salary of $40,500 a year, according to the 2018-19 salary schedule. The change will remove the Level A base contract price and have new teachers starting with the Level B base contract price, which was $41,350 for the 2018-19 school year.
Grandfathered employees will also receive a one-time 7% increase.
The changes will increase the district’s budget by about $580,000 in one-time costs and will be $2.3 million extra in ongoing costs.
Last year, the district provided teachers with a raise between 9% and 16%.
“We did a huge raise last year,” said Jason Cox, the deputy superintendent, said to the board during its study session prior to the business meeting. “This is in no way an insignificant raise. I think of the days as a teacher when 1 to 2% was fantastic.”
District administration voiced support for continuing to raise teacher salaries.
“It is a small increase, but it is a step in the right direction,” Bryant said.
Negotiations began in April. Christy Giblin, who spoke during the business meeting on behalf of the Provo City School District Education Association, said that even with the increases, the district does not compete with neighboring school districts.
“The association did agree to ratify this, but not because we love it, but because we know the school board’s priority this year is the bond,” she said.
She told the board she wants to see a commitment to looking at the salary schedule for teachers.
Jennifer Partridge, a member of the board, said she appreciated the comments.
“We will continue to see what we can do to work on that,” she said.
A 59-year-old man from Rupert, Idaho, died Tuesday after crashing a hang glider at the Point of the Mountain Flight Park in Lehi.
Lehi medical personnel performed CPR on Ron Holder, who was in cardiac arrest on the southern slope before he passed away, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Holder sustained serious head injuries.
Cannon said it was the man’s first time hang gliding solo, when at about 10:30 a.m., witnesses said the wind died, and as Holder tried to turn into the wind, he fell “straight down” approximately 50 feet.
“This was his very first time flying alone,” Cannon said at the scene Tuesday.
Holder was with family and a flight instructor when the crash occurred.
LifeFlight was dispatched to the crash. Holder’s name was released at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
A Saratoga Springs man died during the weekend after he was shot by an off-duty FBI agent at a brewery in New Mexico.
The Associated Press reported Cody Guy Wrathall, 43, was allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun inside the Nexus Brewery in Albuquerque on Saturday evening.
Off-duty federal agents who happened to be at the brewery intervened and at least one agent fired at Wrathall. He later died at the hospital from at least one gunshot wound.
The incident is still under active investigation.
Wrathall worked as a veterinarian at South Valley Equine in South Jordan for the past two years, according to his staff profile on the clinic website.
He graduated Tooele High School in 1994 and studied bioveterinary science at Utah State University before graduating in 1998. He also graduated in veterinary medication from Purdue University in 2002.
Wrathall later worked at Rocky Mountain Large Animal Clinic in Spanish Fork and Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic in Payson.
According to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, he received a public reprimand for self-medicating with drugs in June 2018.