Utah County development projects to look forward to in 2018


Pleasant Grove

St. John Properties Chairman Edward St. John, Gov. Gary Herbert and St. John Properties Managing Partner Daniel Thomas plant a tree as part of the Valley Grove groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo by Barr Photography)

Pleasant Grove has a variety of new projects under construction — especially off of exit 275 on I-15 — but many of them won’t be completed in 2018.

“We have a huge boom of offices going on and a couple restaurants,” said Julie Henry, Pleasant Grove’s city planner. “Historically, Pleasant Grove hasn’t had a lot of restaurants, but we’re getting more.”

Some of those restaurants include R&R BBQ, Mo’ Bettahs and Jersey Mike’s Subs. But first the office space needs to be finished.

The Grove, a 62-acre development, has two Valley Grove office towers planned. The 192,000-square-foot first tower is already under construction with plans to start the second tower soon.

“Pleasant Grove in general is trying to attract retail and we’re getting a lot of office uses and interesting businesses coming,” Henry said.

Also along Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Evermore Gardens continues its construction without a definitive completion date. Evermore Gardens, a 15-acre immersive experience park, was approved by the Pleasant Grove City Council in October 2016. Evermore Gardens CEO and Co-founder Ken Bretschneider has described Evermore Gardens as “Gardner Village on steroids” and having the feel of a “European Hamlet.”

The experience park is joined with Bretschneider’s other project, THE VOID, a virtual reality company. Besides the hyper-reality experience that mixes reality and the digital world, THE VOID will include a world class racing go-kart track with “the Ferrari of go-karts,” food and beverages.

A Hyatt House Hotel will be completed in fall of 2018 next to Evermore Gardens.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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