West Valley City • Fountains where visitors can splash around, "story walls" that tell the history of this west-side suburb and a stage with a shade structure will be among the features at the Promenade now under construction at Fairbourne Station.
The 4-acre linear park also will have an interactive modern scale near the site of the scale at Joseph Fairbourne's 19th century weigh station, where settlers stopped to measure their produce on the way to market. The 21st century electronic scale will show the weight of a person or a group of people standing on it depicted in terms of chickens, cows and bales of hay.
City officials on Tuesday gave a progress report on the status of the 21st century Fairbourne Station a year after its ground-breaking. They said the project designed to create a downtown for West Valley where people can live, work and play all in one place is on schedule.
Plans call for residential, retail, hotel, office and green space next to a TRAX station and bus hub. The Promenade is scheduled for a ribbon cutting on Aug. 2 and an eight-story Embassy Suites is slated to open in December.
The park, a swath of green that will connect two plazas, will be the site of concerts and other performances. The story walls will depict the history of West Valley, including the multi-cultural groups that have made their home in the state's second-largest city, according to Jake Arslanian, manager of administrative and facilities support services.
Fairbourne Station is expected to be built out in the next seven to 10 years with an estimated $500 million of private investment. The development covers 40 acres south of 3500 South between 2700 West and 3200 West and is expected to create about 3,000 permanent jobs.
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