TRAX riders on the Red Line will soon start to see the signs of some exciting development near the Jordan Valley station.
Construction on Bangerter Station, a mixed multi-use development also known as a transit-oriented development or TOD, will begin later this year on the land adjacent to the Jordan Valley TRAX Station. The development will consist of residential units, retail, restaurants and other commercial uses. Bangerter Station will be conveniently located in close proximity to the Jordan Landing shopping center, the Jordan Valley Hospital and Salt Lake City Community College’s Jordan Campus.
UTA’s two existing covered parking structures at the Jordan Valley Station were designed and constructed with the Bangerter Station development in mind. Residential apartments and retail space will wrap around the parking structures. Residents will have dedicated parking on the first level of both structures. TRAX riders and visitors will continue to have access to the upper three levels of both structures. The parking lots offer covered extended-use parking and security surveillance.
The parking structures, where people can park for $1 per day or $15 per month, provide many benefits to TRAX riders and the residents of West Jordan City. An open, single-level parking structure would have required 10.5 acres of asphalt. The multi-level parking facilities, on the other hand, cover less than two acres. The structures provide much-needed parking for Bangerter Station, which will bring residential opportunities and new jobs. Bangerter Station residents will have access to direct TRAX service to the University of Utah and downtown Salt Lake City.
The Jordan Valley parking structures were built in 2011 for approximately $15.6 million as part of the Mid-Jordan TRAX project. The structures have nearly 1,200 parking stalls, with around 800 stalls reserved for UTA users and about 300 earmarked for the Bangerter Station development. All of UTA’s transit park and ride lots are built to handle the needs of future growth. Lot size is determined by an estimation model from the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the metropolitan planning organization for Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Tooele counties, and is thoroughly vetted by the Federal Transit Administration.
Plans for Bangerter Station include more than 83,000 square feet of office space, 35,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and up to 1,396 residential units. The first phase of residential construction on 252 units will begin this year.
The development addresses a growing desire for walkable communities, West Jordan City Community Development Director Tom Burdett said. He called Bangerter Station “an example of smart growth,” citing its proximity to public transportation, the Salt Lake Community College Jordan Campus, Jordan Valley Hospital and the Fairchild Semiconductor, a major source of employment within the city.
“It connects jobs and civic uses with health care, transportation and education at the same time,” Burdett said.
UTA is also excited for the upcoming Bangerter Station development as its mixed-use offerings and strong residential presence promotes increased transit ridership, which is an ever-present goal at the agency. TODs such as the Bangerter Station development are also often popular with cities and come about through direction from local officials, who wish to promote better, more efficient land use around transit stations.