I started a new job in 2019 that brings my office location back to Lehi, in particular to the Thanksgiving Point Office Park. With the office being located north of SR92/Club House Drive, one of my initial thoughts when thinking about taking this job was, “How am I going to be able to get out of here at the end of the day?” With the I-15 Tech Corridor project taking place there was a solution for me. I head south on Ashton Blvd., turn left (east) on Executive Pkwy, turn right (south) on North Thanksgiving Way, and then finally I turn left on the new Triumph Blvd Bridge (east) over I-15 to get me back into my neighborhood within about 10 minutes. For those of you that live or work down in the Thanksgiving Point area you’ll know that before the completion of the Triumph Blvd Bridge, this commute back to my neighborhood would have easily been double that time.
My point in sharing my mundane commute with you is that we have a lot to love here in Lehi if we’ll just look for it. While the construction on I-15 will be a bit of an inconvenience for the next 12-18 months, we’re already seeing improvements as a result of it that will only continue. While it’s sad to see a historic building, like the Broadbent’s Building, no longer be part of the landscape of Lehi, it’s exciting to see the initial designs for the new public safety building that will not only provide much needed functionality improvement, but also pay homage to the past.
Just in the last year, we’ve seen the first mountain biking trail (Sensei) built in Traverse Mountain (with more to come), we’ve signed an agreement that will allow for a portion of Peck Park to be developed, we’ve seen improvements to Main Street (east side of I-15), our first Transit -oriented development built, we’ve made ordinance changes to accommodate accessory dwelling units, had the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival move to the Thanksgiving Point gardens, and Lehi High School continues to go through it’s rebuild.
There’s a reason that Lehi has seen its population grow from 19,028 in the year 2000 to over 62,000 in 2019. There’s a reason businesses continue to come and locate in Lehi. While Lehi has seen a lot of change since we chose to settle here with our family 12 years ago. I’m grateful for the things that drew us here then and the changes that have occurred that have us looking forward to living here for many years to come.
– Paul Hancock