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Provo’s Mix mixing things up with new zoning request

November 14, 2018

Building materials are pictured in front of currently undeveloped land along Mountain Vista Parkway on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Mountain Vista Business Park in southern Provo. ISAAC HALE, Daily Herald

The Mix at Rivers Edge, located between Freedom Boulevard and University Parkway, is seeking a zone change so it can have more high-density housing and no office space.

On Tuesday the Provo Municipal Council heard a presentation from Dixon Holmes, director of Economic Development, on the zone request change from SC-3 to a split zone of SC-2 and Interim Transportation Oriented Development zoning.

The ITOD zone requires that a development has 20,000 square feet, 100 feet high and a parking ratio of 1:1, one stall per one bedroom. The architectural requirements are more stringent and building materials are more regulated. For instance, they cannot use aluminum or vinyl siding.

“The Mix is at a pivotal point right now,” Holmes said. “They would like to pursue the ITOD zone.

Once touted as a great mixed-use development of class A office space, retail, high-density housing and a hotel, due to a surplus of office space in Provo, The Mix decided it needs to seek the zone change, according to information provided by Mix developers.

The developer would more than likely bring a residential partner into the project to do the housing portion, according to a staff report.

The retail portion would stay much the same as first presented, but would move from an SC-3 to an SC-2 zone. The SC zones are for regional shopping centers, and the SC-2 is designed for a smaller scale, shopping center.

The Mix can use the ITOD zone because it is adjacent to the UVX route on the University Parkway.

What Holmes and Bill Peperone, assistant director of community development, wanted to hear is if the council was comfortable with what The Mix is hoping to do.

“its a pretty good zone for The Mix,” said Councilman Dave Knecht.

Councilman George Handley said he hoped the housing units would be reasonably affordable.

The Mix will be asked to make 10 percent of the units low income, or about 60 percent of the market value on rent.

According to the new development proposals, 14 acres of the 28 in the development would be for about 500 high-density housing units, the rest would be retail.

“To me, this is a much better plan than office buildings,” said Councilman George Stewart.

Knecht added, “I’m not that afraid to zone it ITOD, if we can get an acceptable project. It’s been sitting vacant.”

Councilman David Sewell said, “I’m in favor of moving ahead on this project.”

The council voted unanimously to send the project on through the process of rezoning.

Holmes and staff took time Tuesday to also note some of the economic growth that has occurred over the past seven months in Provo.

According to Holmes, there are more than 25 new retail businesses in Provo. The Mountain Vista business park continues to see completed buildings. NuSkin has purchased just more than three acres in the park for its Elevate Health program.

Several apartments, hotels and business offices are in various stages of being built or just opening, including the recent Hyatt Place Hotel across from the new Fourth District Court Building on Freedom Boulevard and 100 North.

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