FARMINGTON -- Workers are putting the finishing details on a world-class water feature at Station Park, even as the construction and retail openings continue at a fast pace at the $250 million project.
Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal, said completion of a $2.5 million water feature being designed by Lifescapes International, should be done in weeks and ready for a May unveiling. CenterCal is the project developer, and is one of only five retail development joint-venture partners of the California State Teachers Retirement System.
The water feature is expected to include animation, music, dancing waters, special lighting and even fog. It is being designed by the same company that designed the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and a water feature at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
The fountain will be just one component of a one-acre park at the south end of the project, according to Debby LaMotte, general manager for Station Park. LaMotte stressed that even though the focus for Station Park has been on retail, the project will eventually include lifestyle amenities.
Those amenities include a park and a village setting within the project, as well as the fountain and an existing skating rink.
Work on the fountain continues, even as new stores and restaurants continue to open. Panda Express opened Wednesday, and CafA(c) Zula's is expected to follow suit at the end of April on the north end of the project.
Petco also is scheduled to open a retail store at Station Park on April 16.
Johnny Rockets, a company described as an upscale burger restaurant is scheduled to open May 9, while locally owned Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is slated for opening May 7 at the south end of the project, in front of the theater complex.
ParkStone-Wood Kitchen & Bar, and a sushi restaurant will be moving into vacant space in front of the theater as well, but no opening time frames have been released.
Some of the restaurants on the south end of the park will feature retractable glass walls, which will offer outdoor dining in good weather and a clear view of the park.
LaMotte said 14 eating establishments are scheduled to be part of the Station Park project.
Developers have chosen to plant mature trees on the project, and several trees that died in the first year after being planted have been replaced with 40-foot-tall hand-picked trees, Trottier said.
Years in the planning, Station Park is on 67 acres of property just south of Park Lane and west of Highway 89.