BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FARMINGTON — If you haven’t stopped by Farmington’s Station Park for a few weeks, you haven’t seen everything.
That’s because the multi-faceted center keeps adding to its mix of retail stores, theaters and restaurants. It’s also becoming home to a growing number of office suites.
Adding to that is the anticipated announcement by late spring of a new five-story hotel that will be the first of its kind in Northern Utah, said Craig Trottier, vice-president of properties for Center Cal Properties.
He enthusiastically walked the Clipper through parts of the property, which will eventually encompass one million square feet of space.
Among new additions to the mix of tenants are:
• Habit Burger, which opened earlier this month, the eatery’s first Utah location
• The GYM at Station Park, a 25,000 square-foot upscale fitness/spa facility patterned after one recently opened at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City
• H&M department store, the first in Davis County, and will cover about 25,000 square feet, due open in early summer
• A Nordstrom Rack is due to see completion later this year, going up in the “power corridor” near Harmon’s and adjacent stores
• A new 120-room five-story hotel, including main floor retail, will be announced shortly
• The pavilions adjacent to the fountain will house an Orange Leaf, Starbuck’s, Bandido Taquerias, Sugar Daisy Bakery, Asian fusion restaurant and Melty Way cheese sandwich eatery, all set to open shortly
A couple-hundred thousand square feet of office space is also an important part of the mix, Trottier said.
The first office building is completed and is home to a law firm, which moved from Salt Lake City, and a CPA firm, which relocated from Layton, as its first tenants.
The building is prime office space, with African mahogany walls, Italian marble counter tops and other upscale amenities. Construction is underway on three more buildings that should see completion by fall, and a fourth will be started soon, Trottier said.
“We’re negotiating with other companies” to move in, he said, emphasizing that “we wouldn’t be building so fast” if the demand weren’t there.
He attributes that demand to the quality he sees in his project.
“This is providing an office level that hasn’t been seen in Davis County before,” Trottier said.
The new clients are excited about the amenities, which also include views of the mountains to the east, the fountain and gardens at the center of the development, and the many shops and restaurants.
“So many senior executives live in Davis County,” he said. “They have not had such a facility” to gravitate to close to home.
More than 3,000 people work at Station Park, boosted by at least 500 construction workers at any given time, Trottier said.
These people can eat their lunch next to the fountain, order lunch at a restaurant and eat on the patio, or relax or eat in a new atrium area planned as part of a 190,000 square-foot office and retail complex under construction, he said.
A “small-town USA feel” is what executives at Center Cal are hoping for, Trottier said. Part of that is offering 11 summer concerts that he hopes will attract more than the 3,000 to 4,000 who, on average, attended last year’s first such events.
There will also be holiday-themed events and ice skating again next winter, he said.
“It is significant,” said Kent Sulser, Davis County Economic Development director of the project. “When you have stores, including well-known national tenants coming in from outside the area” that signals the strength of Station Park, he said.
The future hotel and H&M Clothier’s contribute to it becoming a regional center, Sulser said.
“It’s going to be great to have professional firms where employees don’t have to commute into the downtown market and yet have the fantastic venue there, with all the restaurants and entertainment,” he said. “That quality is sending a message to the region and others who are coming in.”
The county sees an optimistic future in Davis County, Sulser added.
“It is going to continue to grow and develop,” he said.