Last Monday I posted on Facebook and Twitter announcing that I would be taking your questions for about 45 minutes. I encouraged residents to “ask me anything”! Tons of questions started coming in and I enjoyed reading and responding to all of them. It was a great experience and a fun way to engage the community. I’m hoping to continue this AMA series every third Monday of the month at 11:00 am – so if you missed the last one you still have a chance to participate. Mark your calendar for Monday, May 18.
I noticed a trend in the questions asked. Many of you wanted to know about retail in Provo – plans for East Bay, Provo’s West Side, etc. Others had questions about Provo City services, housing, and parking. I’ve pulled the top 10 questions from last Monday to share with you. Check them out below.
Retail in Provo
Q: What are the plans for East Bay?
A: We’d like to see a number of changes. Our highest priority is replacing the KMart. Stay tuned for lots of good stuff.
Q: Has Provo actually been talking to executives at Trader Joes to come to the city, or are we hoping they will just take notice of the grassroots efforts? If we have talked to them, how inclined did they seem to come to Provo?
A: There are several things moving behind the scenes. You can feel confident that we’re working this at all levels.
Q: What are the development plans for cleaning up Provo’s west side? How can citizens get involved?
A: Our highest priority is a grocery store. The new Westside Connector road will help bring a lot of economic development into the area. Residents can help by buying local!
Q: What are Provo’s plans for attracting good businesses? It seems nearly everything goes to Orem.
A: It is true that Orem gets lots of retail but over the years Provo has focused more on jobs and job creation. We love what’s happening Downtown and will continue to work on East Bay and others areas.
Q: Why do provo residents have to pay 16$ to take a load to the Lindon dump? I guess its free or less if u live in Orem?
A: Provo City uses the South Utah Valley Sold Waste District located in Springville. We provide residents a coupon that is good for one pickup truck or single-axle trailer load. We also provide dumpsters throughout Provo during Provo’s Spring Cleanup Season (going on right now). Check out the schedule and get your free coupon!
Q: Is provo considering mandatory water restrictions to insure we have enough water for the upcoming years, because we don’t know how long these droughts will last. I feel it would be best to conserve water now, rather than when it gets critical.
A: We are not in a situation where we will need to make it mandatory but we hope to encourage our residents to do all they can.
Q: What are the current off leash dog park plans?
A: Great question. The first off-leash area for dogs is being planned for Bicentennial Park. It will re-purpose a little used 1/2 acre site located to the south of the parking lot. The park will be ready for use by the end of May 2015!
Q: Whazzup with Google Fiber not making Root Sports available so we can see the Utah Jazz?
A: My wife Sue loves tennis and Jazz Basketball. I get the Root request daily from her. We’re working on it…
Housing & Parking
Q: There is a serious lack of affordable “single person housing” in Provo. I’m not a student and I’m tired of living in apartments designed to stuff people in. However, studio or 1-bedroom apartments that are unfurnished and under $1,000 a month don’t seem to exist. I want to stay in Provo, but Provo doesn’t seem to cater to young working professionals.
A: There is a new development located at the heart of Provo’s warehouse row, Startup Crossing. This new housing will provide a unique opportunity for urban living in Utah County. The project will provide affordable modern housing options to a rapidly growing community.
Q: Why is parking still a nightmare in Provo??? It’s bad….
A: One of the biggest improvements we can make is underway. BRT will allow us to reduce the number of cars in the city.