by Tom HARALDSEN
BOUNTIFUL—City councilmembers have approved a contract with Hogan Construction as the construction manager/general contractor for Bountiful’s new downtown plaza project. A Master Plan for the project, which will be built on city-owned property south of 100 South and west of 100 East, was also approved during an April 10 work session with the council and Mayor Randy Lewis.
The plaza, which will be built in phases, will be designed by Environmental Planning Group, the architectural firm selected by the council. It will preserve shade trees on the north side of the property (the old Stoker School site) and will offer a vast amount of open space. It incorporates the soccer field on the south side of 200 South. That road will be closed as part of the plaza development.
“Careful research, along with multiple public outreach meetings and community surveys have been significant in the development of the Downtown Plaza Master Plan designed to add vitality to Main Street and the Historic Downtown area, provide a gathering space for special community events, and create a great place for families to enjoy active fun every day,” city leaders said in a press release about the plaza project.
At the work session, an artists’ rendering of the plaza was shown. The plan calls for areas specifically designed to accommodate food trucks and a farmers market, a water feature that’s like a shallow stream flowing through a portion of the property, an informal performance stage, and many shade trees. The city is also considering future additions that include a winter ice trail (with skate rental kiosk) on a 6,000 square foot skating ribbon, a climbing wall, possibly fire pits and a retail promenade. Those additions would come after the initial phase of construction.
Groundbreaking is tentatively slated for this fall. The project is being developed with RDA funds, and not through any general funds. Additional information can be found at https://www.bountifulutah.gov/Downtown-Plaza