Request for Proposals for Main Street Property

The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City (“Agency”) is requesting proposals to develop the property located at 695 W Fifth Ave/ 7555 S Main Street (“Property”). The Agency is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and/or developer(s) to purchase the Property and to design and construct a Mixed-Use project on the site. The Property will be offered for sale to the successful developer, subject to the development restrictions set forth herein and approval by the Agency’s Board of Directors.

All interested parties are invited to access the RFP via SciQuest, the State of Utah’s procurement portal. The proposal coordinator is Annaliese Eichelberger. If you have trouble accessing the RFP via SciQuest, please contact Annaliese at aeichelberger@midvale.com.

Link to RFP here: Main Street Property RFP

Join us for Main Street’s Open House #2!

Thank you for your interest in revitalizing our Main Street here in Midvale. We are hosting a follow-up open house focused on the Main Street neighborhood next week, Wednesday, May 9 from 5-7 pm. We’d love to see you there!

Since the first open house, we’ve been working on developing goals and strategies for phased investments in the Main Street neighborhood that will have long-lasting effects. We hope to bolster support for existing businesses on Main Street, as well as support new investment and new businesses.

We’ve gotten great input and feedback through the public survey, as well as from the first open house. We hope you can join us to provide feedback on phasing and investments for the future of our historic Main Street.

 

Midvale Main Street & Walkability

Walkability is something we all enjoy in a neighborhood. Midvale’s Main Street neighborhood is one of the most walkable in the city, with high quality infrastructure for pedestrians, and destinations concentrated along Main Street.

Midvale itself is the third most walkable community in Utah! With an average walkscore of 49, Midvale is well above the average for Utah’s cities (average Walkscore of 31):

The list of Utah cities below is sorted by Walk Score:

City Zip Code Walk Score Transit Score Bike Score Population
Salt Lake City 84116 57 44 69 186,440
South Salt Lake 53 48 23,617
Midvale 84047 49 41 27,964
Provo 84601 47 31 112,488
Ogden 46 36 82,825

Fortunately, Main Street is far more walkable than the rest of Midvale, with an average score of 73!

7600 South Main Street

Very Walkable

Learn more about Midvale

What does this mean? A Walkscore is a calculation of the availability of destinations, concentration in a ‘walkable’ distance, and overall connectivity of destinations. The map below shows how this concentration improves your walkscore:

Midvale’s Main Street neighborhood is pretty close to some interesting places, but you might never know it because of some significant physical obstacles. What are these obstacles and what useful places lay behind them?

The obstacles are transportation infrastructure. The bridges, highways, and railways that were built throughout Midvale’s history are great for connecting cities along the Wasatch Front but have disconnected the Main Street neighborhood from the rest of the city. A major goal to improve the walkability of our Main Street is addressing these barriers. A clear, comfortable connection to the TRAX station at Bingham Junction and surrounding neighborhoods would go a long way to improving the walkability for Main Street as more destinations develop in the Bingham Junction and Jordan Bluffs Neighborhoods.

 

 

 

 

Movie Magic on Midvale’s Main Street

Most Utahn’s know that many places in our state are famous for Westerns and Sci-Fi movies. But did you know that several movies – many of them iconic – and TV shows have been filmed on Midvale’s Main Street?  Main Street is a popular filming location because of its historical authenticity. It looks like a movie set, but is the real thing!

Both professional and aspiring filmmakers come to Utah for its tax incentives and diverse scenery. Due to Midvale Main Street’s nostalgic any town USA feel, and availability of professional crews, production resources and talented actors, location scouts return to Midvale’s Main Street again and again.

We’d like to share some of the films and TV shows that showcase the sights and sounds of Midvale’s Main Street.

“The Sandlot” (1993)

 The Sandlot is a coming-of-age baseball film which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Did you know?  Coca-Cola almost shut down the movie entirely – The soda company bought Embassy Pictures, the film’s original production company, and announced they weren’t going to fund Stand by Me just two days before they were set to start shooting. Television legend Norman Lear—who had worked with Reiner for years on All in the Family—was one of the three owners of Embassy prior to its sale. He believed in the project enough that he agreed to personally foot the film’s $8 million budget.

Vincent Drug (7696 Main Street)

The drugstore where Benny, Ham Porter and Smalls bought baseballs and dashed past while fleeing from the Beast.

“Halloween 4 – The return of Michael Myers” (1988)

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween.

Did you know? In 1988, the Writer’s Guild of America went on strike for 155 days beginning in March and ending in August. This impacted countless films and TV shows, including Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (the first script was written in 7 days and Halloween 4 (which at least had 11 days to finish its script).

 Vincent Drug (7696 Main Street)

Vincent’s Drugstore served as Brady’s after school job and THE go-to-place in Haddonfield for the hippest Halloween costumes. Jamie gets her Halloween costume at Vincent Drug store.

 

 Bucky’s Power Station (7642 Holden Street)

A technician named Bucky (Harlow Marks) was at the town’s power station, where he lost his life when the masked Myers threw him into an electrical transformer.

Midvale City Center (655 Center Street)

“Haddonfield Police Department” – After Michael Myers was captured by Deputy Sam Loomis, they took him to the police station.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

 Six years after Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister

 Vincent Drug (7696 Main Street)

Michael awakens from his coma covered in gauze bandages. As soon as he reaches Haddonfield, Illinois, he goes to Vincent Drug Store where he steals another “Shape” mask.

 

 

 

 

Andi Mack” TV Show (2016-2018)

 The hit series follows the life of 13-year-old Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and her family and friends as she navigates the tricky terrain of early teen years. Andi finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known. The shakeup happens after her older sister returns home unexpectedly. A single camera series, shot like a motion picture, Andi Mack’s popularity is very clear, with season one nearing 40 million views on seven digital platforms.

Crews filming Andi Mack on Main Street in December 2017.

“The Stand” TV miniseries (1994)

 Stephen King’s “The Stand” aired on ABC as a four-part miniseries. It starred famous actors and actresses such as Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe and others and was filmed in Midvale, Magna and other cities throughout Utah.

Vincent Drug (7696 Main Street)

In Part 2 when Tom and Nick are in the road, Tom has a belly ache and Nick goes to get him some medicine. Nick goes into Vincent’s Drug store.

The following list includes additional movies and TV shows that were filmed in Midvale. Please let us know if we missed any of your favorite Midvale movies or TV shows:

  • Take Down (1979)
  • A Home of Our Own (1993)
  • Double Teamed (2002) – Hillcrest High School
  • Everwood (2002-2006)
  • High School Musical 2 (2007) – Sego Lily Spa
  • Camp Rock (2008) – Hillcrest High School
  • Wieners (2008)
  • Hatching Pete (2009) – Hillcrest High school
  • Saint Street (2012)
  • Friend Request (2013)
  • Exit Stage Death (2013)
  • Innocence Lost: The Charlotte Hansen Story (2014)
  • Saturday’s Warrior (2016)
  • Blood and Oil (2016)
  • Stalker (2018)

 

Midvale Arts Council

Art and culture help educate our community, spark creativity and give meaning to our lives. Located on the corner of Main and Center, the Midvale Arts Council (MAC) has existed for over 30 years. Midvale City formally established the MAC by resolution in 1985 as a mechanism to promote the arts and rich cultural heritage of the City. The MAC works to create a sense of community pride and hope by showcasing local talent, providing free public concerts and discounted theatrical productions.

The Midvale Arts Council is comprised of many volunteers who donate their time and talents to fulfilling the mission of the MAC, which is to promote the arts in Midvale by sponsoring quality entertainment and by providing opportunities for Midvale citizens of all ages and backgrounds to enrich their lives by experiencing the positive benefits of the arts and local culture.  These benefits include an enhanced appreciation of various styles of music and movement, improved artistic abilities, and refined rehearsal and performance skills. Participants will also further develop those attributes and skills that we believe are basic in an arts education: teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, respect for others and critical thinking.

In 2018, the Midvale Arts Council will continue to present free Friday night concerts in the Midvale City Park every Friday beginning June 8 through August 3.  2018 will mark the fifth year of sponsoring free family entertainment in the park for the Midvale residents and surrounding communities. The concerts are family friendly and give the community the opportunity to enjoy a variety of free entertainment while enjoying an evening in the park.

Also in 2018, the Midvale Arts Council is pleased to present three theatrical experiences. Nunsense, a Midvale favorite, will be presented March 2-10. The Drowsy Chaperone will hit the stage June 8-16. Lastly, they are pleased to bring back the Missoula Children’s Theatre the week of November 12-17. For full details including audition dates and times, please visit www.midvalearts.com or follow the MAC on Facebook.com/MidvaleArts or Instagram and Twitter at @MidvaleArts!

The MAC also works with incredible partner companies (Sandbox Theatre Company, Pinnacle Acting Company, and Quick Wits Comedy Improve Team) to host a variety of productions and events. Visit www.midvalearts.com to learn more.

Memories and a Vison- Mayor Hale

Last week we had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor Robert Hale to discuss his vision for Main Street. Hale, who was raised in Murray and has lived in Midvale since 1969. He’s seen Main Street in its many phases over the last (almost) 50 years. As a child, Hale recalls using Main Street as a bicycle route to the County Library (old City Hall on Center Street). As he grew up Hale frequented JCPenney, the drug store, and theater on Main Street.

Hale recognizes that places like Midvale’s Main Street evolve over time, depending on market trends and the ever-changing retail landscape. That, however, doesn’t change Hale’s view that Main Street is also a place that should be preserved and cherished. To use an analogy Hale asks, “Why are people enthralled at an antique car show? The cars recreate memories we had. We are amazed at neat maintenance and re-beautification of a vehicle that was probably well worn several owners ago. Main Street can be beautified and restored to take its place once again in the cascade of Midvale history.”

Mayor Hale envisions a bright future for Main Street. He wants to encourage redevelopment while maintaining the historic character. Hale would like to see new businesses cut ribbons where there are vacancies now, and at the same time foster all businesses that currently serve clientele Main Street. Hale says that improving parking, access and safety will help make this vision a reality.

Business Spotlight: Big Mountain Barbell

Midvale’s Main Street neighborhood is home to a wide variety of businesses. Big Mountain Barbell is a big draw to Midvale’s Main Street.  The gym, located at 741 Smelter St., provides an amazing array of equipment and services for beginners to competitors.  Big Mountain Barbell’s 11,000 square foot facility boasts high-quality equipment, locker rooms, a children’s area, and a large number of professional trainers.

Zac and Lynndsey Eldridge opened the first Big Mountain Barbell in 2014, with the vision of creating a positive and effective training environment for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.  Their success and rapid growth lead them to relocate to Midvale in June 2017, where their new facility and central location could create more opportunities for their growing clientele.  Big Mountain Barbell also hosts state wide events, including the USPA Utah State Open powerlifting competition.  These events bring high-caliber athletes and a large number of spectators to Midvale’s Main St.

Big Mountain Barbell

741 Smelter Street

Midvale, UT 84047

801-673-1383

bigmountainbarbell@gmail.com

@bigmountainbarbell

Main Street Open House Tomorrow! Feb 28 5-7 pm

Don’t forget to join in on a discussion about the future of Midvale’s Main Street!

The Midvale City Redevelopment Agency will be hosting a public open house focused on Main Street. Join us:

When: Wednesday February 28, 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm

Where: Midvale City Hall, Dahl Room

Who: Everyone interested in the future of our Main Street

This open house is part of a public planning process intended to produce a “small area plan” for Main Street.

A small area plan is a set of documents that address the goals for a small defined portion of a city such as a neighborhood or street corridor. These documents contain a set of detailed strategies that are chosen to respond to the specific needs of the people, places, and processes in the planning area. These needs are grouped into categories such as transportation, economic development, land use, housing, historic preservation, aesthetics, and many others. The general purpose of a small area plan is to identify and prioritize these needs and to develop practical strategies that can be implemented to guide future decisions in order to meet specific goals.

HOW IS A SMALL AREA PLAN MADE?

Small area plans are made through a collaborative process between stakeholders, city officials, and planning consultants. The term ‘stakeholder’ refers to the people and organizations that have an interest or investment in the area such as local residents, business owners, institutions, and property owners. This community of stakeholders comes together to discuss their needs and goals with city officials and planning consultants. Then those city officials and planning consultants configure the community needs and goals within the legal, economic, physical, and political framework of the planning area to produce the Small Area Plan, a set of documents that outline when and how the needs and goals will be addressed.

WHY DOES MAIN STREET NEED A SMALL AREA PLAN?

Midvale’s Main Street needs a small area plan because the area is changing and the city wants to make sure that those changes are positive for the neighborhood and address the needs and goals of the community. Many of the changes affecting the Main Street area are a result of the large adjacent Bingham Junction development which has brought substantial numbers of new residents and businesses to the city. There are also many opportunities for improving Main Street such as empty buildings and vacant lots which are available for new businesses and buildings that can reinvigorate the area. There is already momentum for positive change along Main Street with the addition of seven new buildings since 2001, including the new city hall complex, senior center, and business offices. The Main Street area can benefit from a small area plan that helps to guide and sustain this momentum in a way that addresses recent changes and community goals.

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¡Queremos escuchar de ti! ¿Qué partes de Midvale Main Street crees que necesitan apoyo? ¿Qué tipo de mejoras se pueden hacer? ¡Siga este enlace para hacer una breve encuesta de 20 preguntas sobre sus pensamientos sobre cómo la calle principal de Midvale podría revitalizarse! Esta encuesta estará “en vivo” hasta abril de 2018. ¡Por favor comparta con cualquier persona que pueda estar interesada!