New visions for Point of the Mountain near Draper paint a futuristic picture amid Utah’s latest growth spurt.
The bottom line: These 600 acres of state-owned land under and around the former Utah State Prison along Interstate 15 would be the Wasatch Front’s new center for business development and the housing.
The Point, as it’s called, is becoming increasingly targeted as a sparkling commercial venture built on the state’s hottest real estate and featuring new homes, trails, open spaces and parks. along freshly restored portions of the Jordan River.
State officials and planners are seeking your advice as they complete plans for the one-time multi-billion dollar development to benefit all Utahns. Log on to thepointutah.org for virtual tours, hearings and public polls to assess the progress of the project.
• Plans for The Point call for a clear multi-story core business combined with centers of innovation and learning, all with their own identities. Adjacent: Up to half of the point between southern Salt Lake and northern Utah County would be dwellings, centered on the western acres of the site.
• Funders and planners from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a Chicago-based architecture and town planning firm, also say the place will have an iconic retail and entertainment destination at its heart with a regional appeal, intended to attract new businesses and residents.
• Looks like some public schools, colleges and universities in the state could anchor the project with a sizable satellite campus, as part of a focus on the idea of innovation to create new jobs and industries.
• The huge project would involve vast expanses of ecological restoration to create a new course river system, redeveloping the watershed and linking development with open spaces, parks of all sizes and pedestrian and recreational corridors connecting its six neighborhoods. at the Jordan.
• In addition to a central park serving as a civic hub, The Point would create the Jordan River Community Park along the waterway as a regional destination for recreation and learning on the river.
• Housing at The Point would be “a sturdy mix” of types built primarily to serve the people who work in the new development, all designed to reduce traffic and carbon emissions.
• The plans would create a transit loop that runs through The Point, potentially with microbuses or autonomous vehicles transporting residents to work, home and play. The transportation network would link with regional bus routes, public transportation and roads to reduce overall traffic.
A few. The Point is now billed as a new community focal point for the surrounding towns of Draper, Bluffdale and Riverton, with new development signature elements that are focused like never before.
• One is its priority to integrate development into the ecology of the site’s watershed, which will create a water management and conservation system and restore its habitat. Several green corridors will crisscross The Point, connecting parks of all sizes and encouraging walking, biking and other means of getting around without a car.
• Development is also targeting high, a global audience of investors and companies, with its commercial component. Partly because the site is at the center of Silicon Slopes, Utah’s thriving enclave of tech companies, The Point addresses themes designed to capitalize on that image in important ways. The objective: to attract more employers, jobs, startups and young talented workers from elsewhere in the world, but also, to foster and even help create entirely new technological sectors.
• The news that up to half of the site’s available acres would go to six residential neighborhoods is huge, as Utah desperately searches for new housing, especially more affordable single-family homes and apartments below currently rising rates. of the market.
Why is this important?
The Point, at least according to its supporters, is a chance for what could be the largest public economic development company in Utah history, similar to the New Deal projects. A study of The Point and the surrounding 20,000 acres estimated that the land could create up to 150,000 well-paying jobs and more than $ 9.1 billion in new tax and tax revenues by 2050.
Essentially, the Utah legislature has ordered that the high-value land emptied by moving the prison from north to west of Salt Lake City be developed in a way that benefits the entire state and all of its residents. This plan drawn up by The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority is supposed to shape how it all happens.
What is happening now?
All of the remains of the historic Utah State Prison, except perhaps a few, are expected to be demolished by 2022. After talks and several rounds of planning since 2015, the land authority was established in 2018 – and got another green light when lawmakers met in January to kick off the project.
After the work of the Chicago consulting firm, new details are starting to take shape. Supporters are disseminating the latest ideas at virtual open houses and other venues to solicit feedback and survey residents, including an online event scheduled for May 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
More details are available at https://thepointutah.org/.
“There’s no better time than now to let us know what you think,” said Alan Matheson, executive director of The Point. “The Utahns are an integral part of the decision-making process, so we hope everyone is involved.”
Where from here?
The land authority is in listening mode until May and will close its last public inquiries on May 29. From there, she will further refine the master plan for the property ahead of construction in 2022, when the new prison building site underway west of the Utah capital is more fully operational.