By Mark S. Kuhar
Since 1954, Geneva Rock has been a top supplier of ready-mixed concrete, sand and gravel, asphalt and construction services in Utah. The company has a history of providing quality products and service. As a major employer in Utah, Geneva Rock has more than 1,200 employees and its parent company, Clyde Companies, has more than 4,000 employees.
Now, a former Geneva Rock gravel pit in Lehi, Utah, will become a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) mixed-use project. The site will feature 300 luxury apartments, 100 townhome units, connection to a future proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system between Utah and Salt Lake counties, and pedestrian and bicycle paths with easy access to nearby trail systems.
“Vistas at Point Crossing is an exciting project,” said Jay Ritchie, president of Geneva Rock. “As we find creative and sustainable ways to give this old gravel pit new life, we’re honored to help provide resources to build new trails and bring new sources of water and infrastructure that will enhance the quality of life for Lehi residents.”
“As we worked with Lehi City through the details of the new development, we wanted to find a way to add new or enhance existing amenities,” said Jared Morgan, project manager for Vistas at Point Crossing. “We decided that if Lehi City would buy the land for the new water storage tanks, Geneva Rock would donate those proceeds to the Traverse Mountain Trails Association.”
On Aug. 9, proceeds from the land sale were donated by Geneva Rock to the Traverse Mountain Trails Association (TMTA), a Lehi-based organization that promotes and supports development of local, sustainable recreational trails to help Utah residents live a healthy and active lifestyle.
“The recent donation by Geneva Rock of roughly $160,000 is a great example of what can be accomplished as part of a public/private partnership,” said Paul Hancock, Lehi City Council member. “The Traverse Mountain Trails Association has been taking the lead on writing grants to build trails in the foothills of Traverse Mountain with matching grants from the city – building out nearly 13 miles on Lehi City property – since 2017. This corporate donation, the largest to date, will further accelerate the ability of TMTA and Lehi City to expand the trails network. We appreciate the willingness of Geneva Rock to give back to the community in such a meaningful way, providing access to outdoor recreation right in our own backyard.”
Lori Le, president of TMTA, noted, “This is a huge boost in continuing to build trails and will directly fund the continued build-out on Traverse Mountain Trails System, including downhill mountain biking trails, hiking trails, multi-use trails, special features, and trailhead improvements. TMTA expresses our utmost gratitude to Geneva Rock for giving back to the local community, partnering with non-profit organizations and for being a good corporate neighbor.”
While trails are important to the project and the quality of life, the project is also bringing something even more critical to the development and Lehi City: water. Vistas at Point Crossing will bring additional culinary and pressurized irrigation water to Lehi City.