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  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Residential construction in Tooele is off to a much better start this year than last year, thanks mainly to a large apartment project that is one of the first permitted in the city in recent years.

    There were 99 dwellings permitted in Tooele from January through March this year, compared to 11 in the first three months of 2009, according to Tooele City. Driving the huge increase is a 85-unit apartment complex at 880 South and 1050 West, according to Richard Jorgensen, Tooele City land use technician.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County’s first-ever transitional housing facility is close to becoming a reality.

    The county is purchasing former Tooele City Councilman John Hansen’s home on Vine Street to house the new facility, according to Karen Kuipers, Tooele County Relief Services coordinator.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County’s real estate market is off to a strong start in 2010, with increased sales volume party coming as a result of lower prices.

    In the first quarter of 2010, sales of homes in Tooele County jumped 19.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009. However, the median price of houses sold dropped by 8.2 percent over the same period. It also took nine days longer on average to sell a home in the first three months of 2010 compared to 2009.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele’s notoriously tight rental market may be easing slightly, with apartments a bit easier to find and rents edging downward amid a prolonged real estate slowdown.

    Though demand for rentals still outweighs supply overall, according to local real estate agents, some segments of the market such as higher-end homes for rent are softening.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County’s top economic development official says lack of power and water are hindering the county’s ability to attract new industrial businesses.

    “I am often asked what things would be on my wish list to improve economic development,” said Nicole Cline, Tooele County director of economic development. “My answer is always the same: water and power.”

    Cline said the county has lost out on recruiting some manufacturers, including a food processing plant, because of lack of water.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Fewer homes sold in Tooele County in 2009 compared to 2008, continuing a three-year slump in the local real estate market. However, recent data suggests a rebound is underway.

    Last year, 640 homes were sold in the county — down 2 percent from 653 home sales in 2008, according to multiple listing service data from the Tooele County Board of Realtors.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) The fire sale of Tooele County’s largest credit union appears to be helping, rather than hurting, the company’s business initially.

    In the three weeks since HeritageWest Credit Union was bought by Virginia-based Chartway Credit Union on Dec. 31, HeritageWest has added 52 new members while only three members have closed accounts, according to Ronald Burniske, president and CEO of Chartway.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) As Tooele County has grown, the face of local restaurants has changed. Old places have disappeared, some new places have already come and gone, and some places have withstood the test of time.

    In recent months, Bajio’s Grill, Quizno’s Sandwiches, Leatherby’s Family Creamery, Iceberg Drive Inn and Five Buck Pizza have all gone, while LaPuente, Del Taco and Jamo’s Pizza have sprung up.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) HeritageWest Federal Credit Union of Tooele has been liquidated by the National Credit Union Administration, which accepted Chartway Federal Credit Union's offer to purchase and assume Heritage West.

    Each account of HeritageWest's 40,000 members is federally insured up to $250,000, said the national organization, which announced the take over late Thursday.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County has adopted a $51.8 million budget for 2010 — down 14.7 percent from the 2009 budget.

    Tooele County Commissioner Colleen Johnson said, “With the economy, everything — building permits, inspections, our mitigation fees from the west desert — is down from what they have been in other years.”

    Commissioner Bruce Clegg added, “We’ve been working really hard to get it down as far as we can. We worked hard to get it where it’s at.”

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) New residential construction in Tooele is declining in 2009 for a fourth straight year, according to the number of single-family building permits issued by Tooele City through the end of October.

    The number of permits issued as of Oct. 31 was 47, compared to 62 issued over the same time period in 2008 — a 24 percent decline.

    “It is the economy along with the turmoil in the finance market,” said Richard Jorgensen, Tooele City land use technician. “When things improve, building will pick back up.

  • (Deseret News) While the nation debates the virtue of health-care reform, a local provider is investing in improving its ability to serve the growing number of people seeking its services.

    Last Friday, Mountain West Medical Center broke ground on a $15 million, multi-phase expansion project that will increase the facility's labor and delivery capacity as well as its surgical capability, Doug Sagers, director of physician relations for Mountain West Medical Center, told the Deseret News.

  • (Tooele Transcript) An addition that will more than double the capacity of Mountain West Medical Center’s women’s services is finally on its way to becoming a reality.

    A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new multimillion-dollar women’s center, which was originally announced by hospital officials back in 2007, will be held tomorrow. Mountain West Medical Center CEO Kelly Duffin said the addition is largely a response to growth in the community.

  • (Tooele Transcript) Another retail store is taking a chance at finding a niche in downtown Tooele during the current recession.

    Real Deals Home Decor will be opening this Thursday in the old Dave’s Drug building at 30 West 100 South in Tooele.

    Jennifer Baird-Hebdon, of Grantsville, is bringing her favorite home decor store to Tooele along with the help of her friends, Brittani Lots and Vickie Benincosa. Lots and Benincosa own a Real Deals franchise in Bountiful and are partnering with Baird-Hebdon in the Tooele venture.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Sean Hamilton has rented a home in Tooele for years. Recently, however, Hamilton and his wife, Dina, decided it was time to purchase a home for their family of five. They ended up paying $154,000 for a 2,600-square-foot, five-bedroom home that had been foreclosed on and was appraised a year ago at $184,000.

    “It is a wonderful home, in good condition, and with 2,600-square feet there is plenty of room for the family,” Sean said. “It took a while to get our offer approved by the bank, but it was worth it.”

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) The county’s new $2 million convention center at Deseret Peak Complex will be finished on budget and on time for the Tooele County Fair opening next week.

    The approximately 20,000-square-foot center, which took about nine months to build, is expected to be used by local and out-of-town groups. County commissioners backed the project in the hopes it will be a moneymaker for Deseret Peak, which is heavily subsidized by the county.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) While residential building has ground to a standstill in many parts of the state, Stansbury Park remains one of Utah’s hot spots for new home construction.

    In fact, Stansbury was recently found to be the No. 4 market for new home sales in the greater Salt Lake City area by Metrostudy, a Texas-based housing market research firm. Between June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, 145 new homes sold in the community, according to Metrostudy.

  • TOOELE — Household products giant Reckitt Benckiser is coming to Utah.
    The global company broke ground Wednesday on a $35 million logistics, manufacturing and distribution center across the street from Miller Motorsports Park. Original Article

  • Mountain States Asphalt has plans to construct a liquid asphalt terminal on 20 acres in Tooele, according to The Enterprise. The facility will hold up to 100,000 tons of liquid asphalt. The Enterprise, March 23-29

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