Daily Herald: Leatherby’s, other new developments bolstering business growth in Orem

While Orem residents wait to hear the official word on what is happening with the west anchor at University Place, there is news about other retail businesses moving in.

“We are seeing continued active growth and a vibrant community with a strong business and retail base,” said Kathi Beckett, Economic Development division manager.

Some residents have been guessing as to what is coming where and when on social media, but Leatherby’s Family Creamery, which was once a busy family gathering restaurant in Provo, has made the official announcement it is coming back — this time to Orem.

With the announcement of new businesses, restaurants, temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the upgrade on the Orem Fitness Center and the new auditorium at the Orem Library, Beckett says Orem continues to be a growing and vibrant community.

New businesses mean additional sales tax revenue is anticipated to bolster city coffers and generate additional revenue to assist CARE Tax recipients such as the SCERA Center for the Arts and Hale Center Theater.

Orem’s Community Services division has approved the following developments that are at different points in the building process:

University Place mixed-use parking and office space

The new eight-story structure that will hold five stories of parking and three stories of office space northwest of the old Macy’s location at University Place is in the final approval process, according to Beckett.

The terraced mixed-use facility is part of the ongoing seven-year plan to upgrade and make additions to the University Place campus.

The construction on the eight-story structure will begin sometime this spring.

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