Mixed use project planned in Farmington, Utah

Davis County city plans shopping, offices, town-square adjacent to commuter rail station


FARMINGTON - City leaders have waited months to see the final designs for Station Park - the $200 million-plus mixed-use development planned near Farmington's FrontRunner station.

Today before their meeting, City Council members will take a field trip to a white trailer at the Farmington park-and-ride lot. There, they will sneak a peek at the model of what they hope soon will overtake nearly 100 acres west of Interstate 15 and north of Clark Lane.

"This will be unlike any shopping in the state," said Craig Trottier, California-based CenterCal's vice president of development.

By spring 2010, Station Park will feature a main plaza with restaurants and shops on the main levels of 10 buildings, office space on the stories above, a hotel, 15-screen movie theater, performance pavilion and 2-acre park. Four other buildings to the north would include more office and retail space. To the west, 11 to 15 large retailers are planned.

No tenants are confirmed, but Trottier said many will be new to communities north of Salt Lake City.

"The area is underserved in retail and restaurant options," said Trottier, whose company also owns West Jordan's Jordan Landing.

Unlike most shopping centers, he said, Station Park will feature an eclectic look with different designs and colors for the buildings - more town square, less strip mall.

"I love the design, I love the layout," Mayor Scott Harbertson said. "I love what's going to be represented there. It's going to be a great amenity for Farmington."

Trottier hopes to draw shoppers from across the Wasatch Front by positioning Station Park at the intersection of Interstate 15, Highway 89 and the soon-to-open Legacy Parkway.

It's also a short walk from the FrontRunner rail stop.

"With 5,900 average riders per weekday, that's 5,900 riders that might not have been there before," said Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware. "It's really created an opportunity for developers."

Construction will begin in the next few weeks. An official groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 13.

What will be in Station Park?

* No confirmed tenants have been announced for Station Park, but possible stores listed on the developer's Web site include Ross Dress For Less, Barnes & Noble, Staples, J.C. Penney and Best Buy.

* California-based developer CenterCal is exploring a second phase to the west that could feature residential units.