FARMINGTON -- The city's newest development is hoping to become a holiday destination.
Station Park, a $250 million project currently underway on the city's west side, will start a new holiday tradition this year with a 35-foot Christmas tree, a Santa Village featuring a Santa Claus described as having a real beard, and the unveiling of a newly-created skating pond.
All of the holiday amenities will be available on Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving.
Development organizers say they will light a Douglas fir from northern Idaho to kick off the holiday festivity. The tree will be decked with thousands of lights and will be located near the clock tower, just north of the Cinemark Theaters on the south end of the project.
Nearby, the artificial grass will be removed from the finished skating rink in front of the theater and shoppers can skate for a small fee for skate rental.
"Even though Station Park is still under construction, we wanted to create some holiday atmosphere for the community," said Fred Bruning, CEO of project developer CenterCal Properties LLCe. "Our initial Christmas festivities are just the tip of the iceberg, as we look to add new activities each year."
Another key amenity being added to the project still in the construction stage is a $2.5 million water feature, being designed by Lifescapes International, who designed the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The fountain is expected to include animation, music, dancing waters, special lighting and even fog. That feature will be ready for unveiling by spring.
In the meantime, construction continues for new facilities on the eastern rim of the project, with stores slowly opening. Harmon's opened this spring, followed by the theater and then a number of other retailers.
Work on the village portion of the project is due for completion by the summer, according to Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal.
At least one more store is due to open this year. Tilly's Surf and Skate Shop is scheduled to open on Dec. 10.
The new store and restaurant openings will accelerate next year.
Petco, Famous Footwear, Gordman's, Diamond Wireless and Dollar Cuts are committed to the project. Announced restaurants include Utah's first Johnny Rocket's, Davis County's first Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Parkstone-Wood Kitchen & Bar and a Sushi Monster restaurant.
By the summer of 2012 quick-serve restaurants such as Panda Express, Roxberry, CafA(c) Zupas and Subway are scheduled to open at the north end of the property. A food pavilion in the village, offering gourmet specialty foods, is planned for completion in summer 2012.
CenterCal is the project developer for Station Park. CenterCal is one of only five retail development joint venture partners of the California State Teachers Retirement System.