Back in the early days of Granger and Hunter, farmers used Joseph Fairbourne’s weigh station before going to market with their produce. Eventually, Fairbourne’s station became a hub for all commerce on the west side of the valley where travelers and local farmers convened. Now, West Valley City hopes to revive that special part of the valley with more modern amenities, including the city’s first Class A apartment building and the Embassy Suite Hotel, along with office and retail space and a restaurant row.

“There were old homes or apartment buildings, built back in the 1960s,”  Winder says, noting the city has been methodically buying property for the last four years. “The time has come for some redevelopment.”

The station, which broke ground last May, will cover an entire city block ranging from 2700 West to 3200 West and from 3500 South to 3650 South—directly across the street from the mall and next to City Hall, police headquarters, the West Valley Central TRAX Station and the public library.

“Businesses are looking to develop closer to our lightrail stations,” Winder says. “We’re leveraging that big time with the Fairbourne Station.”

The station will include 200,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space, 1,000 residences and 162 upscale hotel suites.

Plans also include four acres for a public plaza and promenade (replacing Granger Park) with a river running through it and space for community events. The promenade will line up directly with Valley Fair Mall’s town center, allowing the developments to function as one visual space.

The multi-family development branch of Ivory Homes, ICO, breaks ground on the first residential tower this summer. The apartments will go for $760 to $1,200 per month and be completed in April 2014. The promenade, plaza and hotel will all open this year.

Business is Blooming in WVC

It’s not just about the mall. West Valley City has smaller projects springing up all over.

Granger High School, built in the 1950s, would not survive a major earthquake and is near capacity. At a pricetag of $68 million, a new school is being erected and will have space for 2,600 students—compared to the current 1,655—plus an indoor pool and a 1,500-seat auditorium. First things first, though: A new football stadium has already been completed. Everything else is slated to open for the 2013–14 school year.

This July, Target opens on 5600 West and is expected to bring in $25 million in annual sales.

The under-construction Mountainview Corridor will offer an alternate route to I-15 near 5600 West. Phase two, set for 15 years after the initial phase, would have the line connect Herriman to the Salt Lake International Airport.  

Hexcel, which manufactures parts for the aerospace and aeronomics industry, just landed $130 million in new investments in Utah, which will create about 120 high-tech jobs.

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