What’s Going There: The changing skyline of downtown St. George

FEATURE — Unless you have been driving down St. George Boulevard with your blinders on lately, it’s hard to miss the towering cranes above several new building projects changing the skyline of the downtown area. But the question is, “What’s going there?”

Tom and Travis of Linx Commercial Real Estate recently wandered the streets of downtown and sat down with Marc Mortensen, St. George support services director, and business owner Randall Richards to discuss the booming construction industry in locations around downtown St. George, offering many new residential and commercial properties for Southern Utah.

Watch Tom and Travis explore the scene in downtown St. George on “What’s Going There” in the media player above. 

Tom and Travis talk about the new development, as well as how the city is attempting to maintain the “historic flavor of downtown with skyrises popping up all over the place.”

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13 Comments

  • Carpe Diem December 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

    My heart cries for thee, Argentina….

  • tazzman December 19, 2018 at 11:12 am

    The D bluff and old airport bluff should have been kept by the city and declared a reserve against development(except for the top where the townhomes are). Never should have built into the hillside. The scar is still there. Same with Red Cliffs.

    • Brian December 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Yeah, that scar is nasty. I wish they could reseed it or heal it someway to make it look more natural. That being said, there’s no way prime real estate like that wouldn’t be developed. Frankly I’m surprised there hasn’t been development to the very top of the D bluff. That’s a big plateau with incredible views, if it’s privately owned or could be it’s bound to be developed at some point. Hopefully it’s public land that can’t be sold.

      • tazzman December 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        I think the surrounding STG bluffs are part of the quality of life viewshed those of us down in the bottoms enjoy. It adds to the scenic value of the area. Building up top but away from the ridgelines I don’t have a problem with. But those townhouses and businesses on the side of the old airport black ridge are eyesores. I’m not against developing any of it but it should be held in reserve and only developed at the highest dollar amount and very slowly, if at all.

      • Carpe Diem December 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

        Reseeding / landscaping would be nice.

    • Carpe Diem December 19, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      IIRC the Flowers family built some townhomes up there and then proceeded to bulldoze w/out permits for more, and were shut down by the City.
      That’s the story as I’ve heard it some 20 years ago.

      • Randys Sister December 20, 2018 at 9:07 am

        As a long-time resident of St. George, I can tell you that your comment is mostly correct. What you’re missing is the fact that the Flowers family was shut down by the city because of building permit issues BEFORE the bulldozer scarred the mountain. That scar on the mountain was a final act of anger and frustration by the workers working with the Flowers family. The scar should never have been there.

  • cv_t-bird December 19, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Just what St. George needs, more high density housing and more traffic. I know growth can’t be stopped and some is absolutely necessary, but it just seems like there is too much going on right now and nobody is taking the time to think about the long term effects (water, infrastructure, quality-of-life, etc). Too many people from California leaving that mess, then bringing the same mentality and problems here.

    • iceplant December 20, 2018 at 3:08 am

      Classy of you to limit it to just California. Nice Utah mentality.

      • Randys Sister December 20, 2018 at 9:08 am

        Facts are facts, iceplant, whether they are nice or not. What other state is mass migrating to Southern Utah?

        • iceplant December 20, 2018 at 11:33 am

          Mass migrating? LOL
          People move to Utah from everywhere. Your dislike of Californians obscures your view.

          • cv_t-bird December 21, 2018 at 12:55 pm

            You must be from California, your trying to point the blame elsewhere is indicative of that. Sure people move to Utah from elsewhere (as is with any other place in the nation), but by-far the biggest group is those from California trying to flee the overly-regulated government and congestion for somewhere more “affordable”. I know of realtors who specifically market to people in California trying to get them to move here or invest here, I don’t know of realtors marketing to any other specific state or area. You don’t need to have perfect eyesight to see people from California moving here in droves making up a large part of the growing population, all you have to do is look around and talk to people.

  • utahdiablo December 19, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    It’s all going to Hell

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