Officials break ground on next phase in downtown West Valley redevelopment

Conceptual rendering of the Fairbourne Station project area. Image courtesy West Valley City public documents.

It’s been almost fourteen years since West Valley officials adopted the Center City Vision small area plan to create a vibrant city center in Utah’s second largest city.  But like most city-led redevelopment plans, the Great Recession slowed down the city’s downtown development.

The 40-acre project area, which includes several blocks south of 3500 South and west of Constitution Boulevard, has since become the Fairbourne Station and includes an updated suburban mall, a large public plaza, TRAX and BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines, an eight-story hotel and large four-story multifamily building.  But it will soon add a large commercial development also dubbed Fairbourne Station.

Last week officials broke ground on the project that will include a nine-story office building, new three-story police station and a six-story parking structure. The buildings will occupy the area directly east of the Embassy Suites Hotel and north and west of the West Valley Central TRAX Station and the city’s current police headquarters respectively.  A pedestrian bridge will connect the office building to the parking structure.

The future land use map for the Fairbourne Station project area. Image courtesy West Valley City public documents.

The office building’s roof will feature solar panels that will provide 20 percent of the building’s energy.  The three-building campus is being developed by EDA Architects and Wasatch Property Development.

City officials expect the Fairbourne Station project area will eventually include 1,000 residential units, 1,500 jobs, 200,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.

The city could reach its residential goal within the next few years.  ICO Development, the developers of the 225-unit, The Residences at Fairbourne Station will soon start construction on the project’s second phase that will include a similar number of residential units.

The Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake (HACSL) is partnering with the city’s redevelopment agency to redevelop HACSL’s Valley Fair Village Senior Housing, a 100-unit, low-income senior housing development that currently consists of single-level duplexes directly west of the Fairbourne Station Promenade.  HACSL plans to replace the homes with eight new construction buildings with a combined 267 units.

The Fairbourne Station will also add more office space in the next few years with a proposed Granger Medical Clinic building.  The 90,000-square-foot building would be four stories and would offer a range of medical services and office space for providers.

Fairbourne Station is one the several suburban downtowns planned around the city’s civic center.  Cities like South Jordan and Sandy have allowed for higher density development in their city centers.  But unlike Sandy and South Jordan, West Valley’s Fairbourne Station is well-connected to transit with two high-frequency fixed routes within the project area, the Green TRAX Line and the MAX BRT line that runs on 3500 South.

The developers plan to start construction next month and begin leasing the commercial space fall 2019.

The site for the new Fairbourne Station development. The Residences at Fairbourne Station and the Embassy Suites Hotel can be seen in the background. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
Rendering of Fairbourne Station office building as designed by Bowen Studios and EDA Architects.
Rendering of the proposed Valley Fair Apartments in the Fairbourne Station project area. Image courtesy West Valley City public documents.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at