No longer The Mix, River’s Edge on University announces first anchor
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The development along the University Parkway in Provo, formerly called The Mix, has changed its name and with that change comes a new anchor addition.
The development is now known as River’s Edge on University. The development announced Thursday that Kiln.co and its newest flex-office and co-working community will be coming to Provo in the fall of 2022.
In partnership with Brighton Development, the 40,000-square-foot facility will be located in the River’s Edge on University development. Kiln Provo seeks to provide an amenity-rich, all-inclusive workspace experience for creatives, startups, and enterprise teams, and serve as a center of gravity for Provo’s bustling entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“I have always loved Provo, not only because I was raised here, but also because it has been home to so many impressive founders and companies. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the Kiln community to all the good that this ecosystem already has to offer,” said Arian Lewis, Kiln CEO, in a press release. “We were very impressed with Brighton Development’s vision and creative plan for River’s Edge. What we are building together in Provo will be world-class, showcasing the future of flexible workspace.”
Provo is a dynamic and rapidly growing city in the Mountain West. The Milken Institute named Provo “America’s best performing city” in economic ranking for 2021. It has a young and active population, strong talent pipeline and a dynamic entrepreneurial scene. Provo is home to successful companies like Vivint, NuSkin, and Qualtrics, as well as Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University which both boast impressive entrepreneurial centers and mentorship programs, according to Nicole Martin, Provo’s spokesperson.
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“The days of Plumtree Plaza lying dormant as an eyesore to our community are over with the transformative development at River’s Edge on University,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “Creating economic vibrancy requires the right timing and team. With both now in place, our promise to reinvent spaces for new generations to enjoy is underway. Kiln is an ideal example, with their innovative work concept not only expanding job opportunities, but re-envisioning the entire industry.”
The standalone facility will be located in the heart of Provo, near BYU’s campus, in a 28-acre ground-up mixed-use development featuring trendy restaurants and shops, as well as premium apartment units, called The Lofts at River’s Edge, and townhouse style condos called The Towns at River’s Edge.
As the anchor tenant of the River’s Edge development, the 40,000-square-foot flex-office and coworking community will provide an exhaustive list of amenities for individuals and teams ranging from 2-50 people. Membership will include access to conference rooms, podcast and video recording studio, theater space, wellness studio, bespoke food and beverage offerings and much more.
“We are thrilled that Kiln has opted to come to the River’s Edge on University project, and know they will make a strong and dynamic partner to make a vibrant mixed-use center, which will also include 416 housing units, and an additional 40,000 square feet of retail and office,” says Nate Pugsley, CEO of Brighton Development.
During a recent tour of Kiln’s Lehi location, Kaufusi and Provo’s Assistant Director of Development Services Keith Morey met with Arian Lewis, Kiln’s founder and owner, for a personal tour of this emerging trend of flex-office communities.
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As for why Kiln chose Provo, Lewis said, “We love Provo because of the entrepreneurial spirit that has been there for a long time. There are great universities surrounding Provo, tremendous talent and a lot of people who are already building their businesses there and we want to be a part of supporting and growing that ecosystem.”
“Provo has a long history of entrepreneurship going back to the days of Word Perfect and Novell. That rich think-tank environment is part of what we call the “Provo Advantage,” Morey said. “Businesses like Kiln are choosing to make Provo their home because of the incredible access to employment capital coming out of BYU and UVU and a quality of life that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Kiln’s first build to suit campus in Provo at the River’s Edge on University strengthens the startup environment that already exists in Provo and provides space for growing companies to work and expand at a pace that meets their demands. We are thrilled to welcome Kiln ‘Home’ to the top performing city in the country.”
In addition to providing flexible workspace options, Kiln will also be able to be leveraged as a meeting room and event space venue. The Kiln team intends to host myriad tech and entrepreneurship programming in its theater space, much of which will be open to the general public.
More information about River’s Edge on University can be found on their website or by emailing Lance Pendleton of Mountain West Commercial for leasing opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.