BY EMILY THOMPSON
FARMINGTON — A recent approval from the Utah State Legislature will allow the Utah Transit Authority to contribute its real property in exchange for an interest in a joint venture company. That means the transit centers are allowed to become moneymaking zones for UTA, in addition to earning revenue from ticket sales and getting a share of tax money.
Project managers for UTA have chosen to develop such an area within the property it owns at Station Park, and a developer has been chosen to begin a mixed-use residential and retail zone.
The Thackery Garn Company was awarded the contract to oversee that development, which will be called “Farmington Station.” A development of similar use and size is being planned for the Clearfield Transit station, and the same developer has been awarded that project.
It is expected that 300-500 residential units will be built within the eight-acre property, and a full range of amenities will be offered for the residents.
Due to the loss of the majority of parking stalls within the current UTA parking field, parking structures will be built to accommodate the Frontrunner riders as well as the residents and customers of Farmington Station. Meanwhile, similar parking structures in Salt Lake County stand empty and have been called albatrosses by civic leaders there.
A variety of sought-after stores is expected to be added to the retail portion of Farmington Station, increasing the retail base within the entire Station Park area.
Coming to Station Park
• UTA project managers will develop an area of Station Park into a mixed-use residential/retail zone.
• The decision will eliminate most of the current parking, so extra parking structures are planned.