The city's East Bay Business Center development continues to grow, bringing new jobs, more payroll dollars and increased tax revenue to Provo, the project's manager says.
At least four East Bay tenant companies are planning expansion proj-ects in the near future, and a number of new tenants are expected to start constructing or renovating buildings, project coordinator Mike Vanchiere has reported to the City Council.Negotiations continue with other potential tenants interesting in purchasing land in the nearly 500-acre commercial and industrial development, and more announcements of major projects are likely this summer, he said.
Among the major expansions planned:
-Bushman Press, a printing company, will break ground this week for a 15,000-square-foot addition to its existing 20,000-square-foot facility. Employment is expected to rise from 130 to 175 as a result. The company reports its business is booming, and it will invest in new equipment, Vanchiere said.
-ProLitho, a graphics firm, is planning to nearly double the size of its 30,000-square-foot facility. The company employs 250 workers, up from 75 when it moved into East Bay.
-The Boyer Co., a Salt Lake developer, has leased all available space in its 30,000-square-foot office building. The company has optioned more East Bay ground and is negotiating with a principal tenant for a 40,000-square-foot office building it plans, Vanchiere said.
-Novell, the computer networking company considered East Bay's anchor tenant, has purchased land for a planned third phase expansion of its corporate headquarters. The announcement is expected soon. The company employs more than 800 in Provo.
In addition, the Sizzler restaurant chain is expected to begin construction of a new restaurant in East Bay within the next 30 days, Vanchiere said. Another major announcement of future East Bay commercial development is expected during the same time frame.
City officials refrain from referring to the project, built on property that was formerly a golf course and a garbage dump, as an industrial park or research park because of the mix of high-tech, light industrial, retail and service businesses located there.
The project, started in 1984 and dedicated the following year, is several years ahead of schedule. More than 1,000 people are employed by East Bay businesses.