Itís set for 11:15 a.m. with a ceremony to be held at Missile Park, here. It is the start of what government and state officials have called the ìlargest enhanced use lease project in the history of the Air Force.î ##M:MORE##
Several local dignitaries, including Davis County officials, have been invited to turn dirt for the 550-acre Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park. Those include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., Sen. Orrin Hatch, State Sen. Sheldon Killpack, local mayors and community leaders.
ìThe first building will be built ëbehind the fence,íî said Clearfield City Manager Chris Horrocks. The 550-acre, billion-dollar plus development will include construction both on base, or behind the fence, as well as to the west.
The project will be built in phases, with the first phase concentrating on ìhousingî private businesses, such as aerospace-related contractors. A second phase will include replacement of many World War II-era buildings on base.
ìThis has been an amazing project, because youíve seen the federal government, state of Utah, two different counties and four different cities work together in a phenomenal way to get to this point,î said Stuart Adams, chairman of MIDA, the Military Installation Defense Authority, which is coordinating the project.
The former state legislator from Layton said ìmany developments like this take multiple years. This has happened in (less than) 1 1/2 years,î he said.
Adams confirmed information obtained by the Clipper that the first building will include non-military offices, as is the plan for much of the project. While not confirming a possible date of next spring construction start for a hotel near the West Gate, he said hotels and some retail will be included.
ìThe exciting part of this is that among the negative news we seem to hear daily about the stock market, etc., this will bring thousands of family-sustaining jobs, well above the average wage for both counties, coming to the Wasatch Front,î Adams continued.
The ground breaking will be followed by ground preparation and utilities installation on the west side of the base.
A new West Gate will be among the first structures to be built, located further east to make way for Falcon Hill. Moving of the gate will also help with traffic flow from the 650 North freeway off- ramp and on-ramp. Several new roads will also be built throughout the fall and winter, a base press release indicated.
Mayors and other officials from several cities have been involved in coordinating efforts, along with commissioners from both counties.
ìThese are exciting times for Hill, Sunset Ridge and our community,î said Maj. Gen. Kathleen Close, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander.