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Major West Valley City Project Hits Halfway Point

Di Lewis

June 5, 2012

West Valley City officials are planning for the future with the construction of Fairbourne Station. The 40-acre development spans a variety of uses from park and recreation areas to new housing to additional transit.

Fairbourne Station “will be a key part of the city center,” said Jake Arslanian, manager of the city’s administrative and facilities support services.

The project will ultimately take about $500 million in private investment, said Nicole Cottle, community and economic development director for West Valley City. It will also boost the revitalization happening in West Valley, she said, by bringing in more businesses across a spectrum of industries. The Fairbourne Station project is expected to bring 3,000 permanent jobs at build out.

Cottle said the city organizers had the vision to create a solid community with a good mix of businesses and residential. The goal when creating Fairbourne Station was to “maintain the stable community we have, from an economic development perspective,” she said. “We realized this area needed [Fairbourne] for the future.”

Along with improvements to Valley Fair Mall, a new Embassy Suites hotel, residential development, new and upgraded infrastructure, the development will include a grand promenade. The promenade area will have water features for children to play in, grassy park areas, picnic tables and walls with rotating displays on the history of the area.

“It’s a living, working, playing component all in one,” Arslanian said.

Transit is being improved as well, he said, with the existing Bus Rapid Transit route being extended to Magna. That will complement the West Valley TRAX line, which opened last year and now serves about 4000 riders a day.

“It (the development) really takes things up a notch on the part of the city,” Cottle said.

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