Master area plan approved for area around Draper FrontRunner station
Developers received a nod of approval from the Draper City Council on Jan. 8 for their plans for 145 acres of land within Vista Station. The development is located adjacent to the Draper FrontRunner station at approximately 13000 South FrontRunner Way and encompasses the area around eBay and Edwards Lifesciences.
“I think it’s very impressive,” said Councilmember Jeff Stenquist before the city council approved the plan submitted by Draper Holdings, LLC. Stenquist added that the developer has done a great job in fulfilling the city council’s vision for that area.
“We feel strongly that the environments, the space, the overall ambiance of the project will be of high quality,” said Greg Haws of Draper Holdings.
The plan calls for over 1.8 million square feet of office space and 216,000 square feet of retail space. Approximately 20 percent of the project will be devoted to residential use, and more than 1,900 residential units are expected to be built. According to Haws, there will also be at least 21.8 acres of open space.
The plan utilizes high quality building materials, such as natural stone, steel, glass, brick and concrete. It also outlines such things as rooflines, landscaping, orientation to the street, signage, active pedestrian space and drainage and utilities.
“We’re proud of the walkability of this,” said Haws, adding that developers tried to put commercial buildings within a quarter mile of the rail station.
“It’s been well thought out,” said resident Shawn Benjamin, adding that the plan gives room for future growth. However, he voiced concerns about the height of some of the buildings, which are expected to reach up to 15 stories, and about the use of stand-alone parking structures in the development.
Benjamin suggested that parking that is combined with retail space, such as that found at Trolley Square, might make for a better pedestrian experience.
The development is expected to cost $843 million. Over a 20-year period beginning in 2014, it is expected to generate $46 million in revenues for the city while increasing its expenditures by almost $38 million, leaving the city with net revenues of approximately $8.4 million over that time.