Free webinar offered to public about Boulder Creek Crossing

Sign at the site of the proposed Boulder Creek Crossing commercial center, St. George, Utah, May 4, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A free webinar is being held by the developers of Boulder Creek Crossing Tuesday afternoon to update the public on the commercial development’s progress. Those curious about the development will also have the chance to ask the developers questions during a Q-and-A segment.

Boulder Creek Crossing is located on property surrounding the intersection of River Road and 1450 South in St. George.

We have received so much interest in the project and wanted to do something to inform the public on what is happening with the development, and to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions they would like answered,” Mike Sheffield, of the Sheffield Group, said.

The webinar will offer an in-depth overview of the project, detailed maps and renderings of what it is slated to look like once built, and a list of businesses and restaurants looking to move into the commercial center as it develops. A segment of the webinar will also cover frequently asked questions about the development, as well as a Q-and-A session.

“I really want to do a webinar … so people can truly have an understanding of what is happening,” Sheffield said.

People can sign up for the webinar, which takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, through the WebinarJam website.

The development

The first phase of Boulder Creek Crossing covers about 15 acres and will include nine buildings that will support professional offices, retailers and food venders.

Currently, two businesses reside in the area, those being a Maverik convenience store and gas station and a Jiffy Lube.

Last year, the oncoming Jiffy Lube raised concerns of area residents due to its proximity to the Virgin River. However, the St. George City Council approved the location in February 2014. Jiffy Lube had it’s grand opening eight months later.

Some concerns residents raised were that the incoming commercial center would have various negative impacts on the surrounding community. Worries over decreased property values, increased traffic and crime and other issues were expressed to the city’s Planning Commission early last year.

With a well-planned development … it is our opinion it will increase property values,” Sheffield said.

The potential for increased traffic was also a concern for both residents and city officials. The developer has commissioned an updated traffic study that should be completed in another day or two, Sheffield said.

After working to meet the city’s requirements and abate lingering concerns, the project will once more be put before the the Planning Commission in the near future. If found favorable, the project then goes to the St. George City Council for approval.

Something that many people don’t understand, Sheffield said, is that getting the city’s approval for projects like this is “a several-step process.”

Items and plans need to go before the Planning Commission, and then the City Council – typically not once, but multiple times.

The city has many ways it can guarantee the quality of the businesses that go into the development, Sheffield said.

A part of the Boulder Creek Crossing project is going before the City Council this Thursday for a possible amendment to the city’s general plan. The developers are asking the City Council to change the  a 1.4-acre parcel of land north of the intersection of 1580 South and River Road marked for residential use to commercial use.

The master plan change request will be a part of a public hearing on the matter.

Ed. note: It was initially reported that Smith’s Supermarket was potentially one of the businesses coming to the commercial center. The developers have confirmed that is no longer the case.

Event recap

  • Time: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
  • Online: Sign up for the webinar here
  • Admission: Free

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