University Place, owned by the Woodbury Corp., officially announced Wednesday they will be partnering with Dillard’s, who will become the newest anchor store at the mall.
The move has long been debated among residents and local social media as the old Macy’s store is in the process of being demolished.
University Place, a 120-acre, mixed-use development project in Orem is undergoing a seven-year update. With the addition of Dillard’s, the original look of the 1970’s University Place Mall will be eliminated.
“We are pleased to join the exciting transformation of University Place with a brand new Dillard’s location,” said Dillard’s Senior Vice President Chris Johnson. “We have enjoyed serving our Utah customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to elevating our efforts with a beautiful new store in Orem.”
Dillard’s is currently located in the Provo Towne Centre Mall.
Dillard’s will be located on the west side of the shops at University Place facing State Street in the former Macy’s building location. Demolition of the Macy’s building is underway and will be followed by the construction of the new building. An expected store opening is set for the spring of 2021.
Dillard’s, which ranks among the nation’s largest fashion retailers, offers a broad selection of merchandise and features products from both national and exclusive brand sources.
The addition of Dillard’s is part of the next phase in University Place’s ongoing redevelopment into a regional mixed-use center, a press release said.
Other developments that will also begin construction include a new parking structure and a Class-A office building with about 90,000 square feet of office space.
Woodbury Corp. indicated the new office building will crown a nine-story structure with the bottom five levels consisting of structured parking and a lobby. The top four levels plan for offices boasting 360-degree, unobstructed views of Utah Valley. That will be located just north of Dillard’s and immediately east of Trader Joe's.
“With this newest phase of redevelopment, we are excited to replace the nearly 50-year-old structure that was originally built for ZCMI with a brand-new Dillard’s,” said Randy Woodbury, CEO and president of Woodbury Corp. “In addition to adding another Class A office building and an expanded parking structure, which will help fill a real need in the community.”
University Place has also begun construction on the new Marriott Courtyard Hotel in the former location where the Utah Transit Authority had its mall hub and transfer station.
Hale Center Theater Orem is still in the design and fundraising stage but anticipates building between Costco to the north and the University Place Mall to the south.
Parts of Timpview High School in Provo have settled up to 5.5 inches, with water expected to spread to other collapsible soils underneath the school, according to a draft of a 103-page report presented Tuesday to the Provo City School District Board of Education.
“This is the most dramatic differential settlement I have seen on a project,” said Dave Cox, a principal with VCBO Architecture who presented the report.
The report includes new information based on testing done on the site in the last few months. It shows that while the southern end of the school is seeing the most settlement, settlement could migrate to the school’s northern end as well.
“The new tests are new information in a bad direction for our budget, safety and student well-being over the last few months,” said McKay Jensen, a member of the Provo City School District Board of Education.
The district proposed a $245 million bond last year, $145 million of which would have gone toward a full rebuild of Timpview High School. The bond failed a public vote in November.
Since then, the board has not made a decision about what will be done with the school.
In 2014, the school was rated tenth on the district’s list of facilities with seismic concerns. The school’s deteriorating condition has escalated in recent years as rough winters have caused the soil beneath the school to shift, creating cracks in the walls and causing a piece of masonry to fall from the ceiling.
Jim Nordquist, a soils engineer with Applied Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, Inc., told the board that he looked to the school’s southern side to see why the building was moving. Test pits dug next to the school’s foundation found wet soil that would collapse when it got wet.
He thought he’d find collapsible soil in a few locations. Instead, they found them throughout the site.
The school’s southern side had settled up to five inches, which Nordquist called significant.
“I also anticipate over time that the water in the ground already has the potential of migrating further and causing more collapse and more differential settlement of the structure,” Nordquist said.
He said it’s a matter of luck until the soil underneath the rest of the school gets wet and begins to collapse.
“I think the honeymoon is over,” Nordquist said.
Cox said the team found a lot of water on the Timpview High School site.
“We are all a little bit surprised you aren’t seeing more settlement than you are,” Cox said.
Cox showed the board a topographical map of the site, which showed that the northern end of the school is seeing up to an inch and a half of settlement, an amount modern buildings are designed to handle.
The school has seen additional signs of settlement in recent months, such as additional cracks in the school, volleyball poles that won’t fit into holes in the gymnasium and sticking doors.
“It tells us we need to pay attention to it,” Cox said.
If the soil were to dry, the settlement would stop. Cox said the school could essentially be used as a dam to stop the water, or that a water collection system could be created.
Cox said the school was built in 1975, before seismic codes were updated and before there was much knowledge about collapsible soils.
The draft of the report recommends for the district to do a full seismic retrofit of Timpview High School. It also recommends for the building to be replaced because any new piers that are put in as a temporary measure would have to be redone if the school is rebuilt.
Cox said the district should do what it can with the funds it has available.
Jensen asked the team if other engineers would give them a different answer about the school’s condition.
“I would be shocked if you had any other engineer that looked at the same data and had any significant difference in what we are seeing,” Cox said.
The report is expected to be finalized within a few weeks.
Two members of the public addressed the board after the report was presented, urging them to look at options other than replacing the school.
Clancy Black said he preferred the idea of a $30 million option to place piers under part of the school over the concept of a full rebuild.
“That could buy us 15 years and be more cost effective,” Black said.
Doug Gale told the board he would like to see more options.
“I’m hoping these individuals who are highly trained can look at the grounds where the school is and provide you with some suggestions about some things that you can do immediately,” Gale said.
Officers with the Provo Police Department arrested a transient man on Monday after he reportedly followed a woman into the restroom of McDonald’s and attempted to sexually assault her.
Tucker Justin Peck, 27, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, as well as domestic violence assault and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors.
A probable cause statement reports the woman entered the restroom at the fast food restaurant and Peck followed. He reportedly pulled her hair, ripped an earring from her ear and shoved her in an attempt to sexually assault her, police reported.
“While the couple were struggling in the stall an employee entered and heard the commotion, she called out to (the woman) asking if she was okay and if she needed help,” according to the probable cause statement. “(The woman) answered that she was not okay and did need help.”
Officers responded and determined Peck had drug paraphernalia which tested positive for heroin. He is being held on $25,000 bail.
At the time of his arrest, Peck was serving on probation for several convictions in 2019 including assaulting a police officer, criminal trespassing, assault, drug possession, interference with an arresting officer and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
A Lehi man was arrested on Wednesday after investigators discovered he had reportedly downloaded thousands of pictures of child pornography through four different email accounts.
Ethan Douglas Montrose, 20, was booked into the Utah County Jail under investigation for 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies.
In Sept. 2018, investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an email account using Montrose’s name and birthday had uploaded 930 child pornography images to a Dropbox account.
Almost four months later, another email account with the same IP address uploaded four pictures of child pornography to another Dropbox account, investigators wrote in a probable cause report.
In interviews with detectives, Montrose reportedly denied uploading child pornography and claimed he had only created two email addresses.
“Montrose explained that when he created emails, he used a combination of his name and birthdate,” the probable cause report stated.
When investigators confronted Montrose with the email address using his name and birthdate associated with child pornography images, “he gave a blank stare and paused for a few seconds. Montrose then requested an attorney,” reports state.
Investigators seized seven electronic devices from his residence and obtained warrants to Montrose’s four email accounts with the same IP address.
“Thousands of files of child sex abuse material were found on Montrose’s devices and in his social media accounts,” according to the probable cause report.
At least 2,320 images of child pornography were submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Nearly 1,780 of the images were recognized, meaning law enforcement had previously encountered the same files in different cases.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also identified 468 children in the images and videos.
Montrose also reportedly uploaded more than 20 images of child pornography to social media using edited images of a young girl he knows.
Charges were filed on Monday against a Santaquin man who reportedly tried to use fake $50 and $100 bills at different stores in Provo, Orem, Saratoga Springs and Pleasant Grove last week.
Sandy Van Smith, 40, is facing four counts of money laundering, all second-degree felonies, as well as 16 counts of forgery, three counts of theft by deception and one count of possession of forgery devices, all third-degree felonies.
He reportedly attempted to use the counterfeit money to purchase a handful of prepaid credit cards to pay drug dealers for drugs, according to charging documents from 4th District Court.
On Jan. 2, the Provo Police Department responded to a Walgreens pharmacy store on reports of a man trying to buy a Visa prepaid card with three $100 bills and four $50 bills which were all forgeries.
Three days later, the same man went to a Walmart in Saratoga Springs and bought a prepaid card with four forged $50 bills, charges state.
The same person went to another Walmart in Pleasant Grove the next day and bought another prepaid card with one real $100 bill and four fake $50 bills. He reportedly returned on Dec. 9 and got another card using eight forged $50 bills and one real $100 bill.
“While attempting to purchase a pre-paid gift card in Orem, the male suspect was required to provide an I.D. (much like being required when purchasing beer or cigarettes),” police wrote in a probable cause statement. “The male suspect provided a Utah I.D. for Sandy Smith.”
In 2012, 2016 and 2018, Smith was convicted of shoplifting multiple times, court documents show. He is being held at the Utah County Jail without bail for two warrants of additional retail theft and assault.