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 Map shows the concept plan for a huge redevelopment project underway at University Mall on State Street and University Parkway in Orem. (Photo courtesy University Mall)

Map shows the concept plan for a huge redevelopment project underway at University Mall on State Street and University Parkway in Orem. (Photo courtesy University Mall)

With Midtown Village looking like it’s back on track, new housing developments in the works along State Street, and a huge redevelopment project at University Mall, Orem is taking advantage of the momentum and getting to work on a State Street master plan.

The plan will encompass the area on State Street from 2000 North to the city limits, and for some purposes extend to Bulldog Boulevard in Provo, said Jason Bench, Orem’s planning division manager. The purpose of the plan is to guide future development and redevelopment along the corridor as well as future transportation needs. It will include options for housing, arts and culture, retail, and neighborhood services.

State Street is a major thoroughfare through the city, is the location of major retail and business operations in Orem, and has one of the busiest intersections in the state at University Parkway.

With Orem’s population expected to double in the next 40 to 50 years, it’s time to start planning for the future.

“The time is now,” said Orem Mayor Richard Brunst. “We need to do this, to move forward on it.”

Orem adopted a cultural arts strategic plan a few years ago, and Brunst said the new State Street study will look at that and possibly incorporate ideas from that plan. Orem also has a citywide master plan, but city officials think State Street needs its own focused plan.

The study will cost $275,000 to $300,000, with Orem contributing about a third of that, Brunst said. The other interested parties — including the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Mountainland Association of Governments, Provo and University Mall — are kicking in funding, too. The plan is for the study to be done in a year to 18 months from now, Brunst said.

First, the city will put out a request for proposals in the next few weeks. Then the city will choose the frontrunners of the bidders, pay them for proposals so that the city will own the intellectual property — similar to what UDOT did with the I-15 reconstruction in Utah County — and then finally choose the winning proposal, Brunst said. Owning the intellectual property of the proposals will allow the city to incorporate the best ideas — even from the non-selected bids.

Bench said the city hopes to have the study underway by mid-September.

The plan is for the study to include short-term, mid-term and long-term goals.

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