Transit Development to AdvanceJul 06, 2016 10:03AM ● By Tori La Rue
A projected image of what the SoJo Station transit oriented development will look like when completed. – Beecher Walker Architects
By Tori La Rue | [email protected]
South Jordan City, property owners and Utah Transit Authority have been working together on a Transit Oriented Development at the South Jordan FrontRunner Station since 2007, and those plans are finally being put to action.
“After all the work we’ve put into on this, we’re just really excited to be moving ground,” Brian Preece, South Jordan’s economic development director, said on May 24, the day of the groundbreaking. “This will be a great entrance into our city. It will be visible from I-15, aesthetically pleasing and a good landmark for people to see what the city is all about.”
The development, SoJo Station, will include two six-story Class A office towers, a full-service Embassy Suites Hotel and a two-level parking structure, which will be immediately accessible from the FrontRunner platform. Sojo Station, located at 10300 South Jordan Gateway, will include bus stops and will be a close-to one-minute drive from the 10600 South I-15 exit. The office towers will be built with floor to ceiling glass, LEED design, an exercise facility and an onsite café.
Construction on the parking structure began on May 9, leading to a closure of the north side of the parking lot. Construction is expected to continue for the next two and a half years, according to the UTA website. South Jordan, UTA, InMoment, Millrock Development and Stack Real Estate broke ground for the first office building on May 23.
InMoment, a global customer-experience optimization platform company, will be the first tenant of the offices at the new development, moving their global headquarters from Murray to South Jordan. CEO John Sperry said the new location will be convenient for his 170 employees.
“The thing that is great about this spot here is that it is dead center between Ogden and Provo and, of course, near enough to Tooele and Park City, so we are able to draw upon everybody in the area,” Sperry said. “They can literally drive to a TRAX station or a FrontRunner and arrive right here at the station and not have to use a car again. It creates a great little culture for us.”
With shuttles and hourly car-share services, Sperry said the location is something other companies will envy. But they don’t have to. With InMoment taking taking up only a couple of floors on the first building, South Jordan City Mayor Dave Alvord said there’s plenty of room for other companies to move their office to South Jordan’s transit hub.
“We expect a whole host of businesses to be locating here,” Alvord said. “The thing that I am most excited about is the prospect of having high-paying jobs right here in the city. So many of our residents have to commute downtown, so by bringing them in Class A offices to our city it enables people to live and work in the same city, and that’s a nice thing to have.”
In his speech at the groundbreaking, Alvord encouraged InMoment employees to move to South Jordan.
“This is a transit-oriented development, and I think the idea is that people can live in other places and they can work here; however, I’d like you all to live in South Jordan City,” Alvord said. “Then you can take the train downtown, come back and thank the Lord that you don’t live downtown. That’s my idea.”
Members of the crowd chuckled. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams followed Alvord’s remarks and said he didn’t care where the employees live but was excited for the new development. He said it would make it easier for people to choose mass transit, which would benefit the air quality within the state and create a synergy for new tech companies to embed their roots in the Salt Lake County.
“We think people, like InMoment, will choose to stay to grow their businesses, because, quite frankly, we have it all,” McAdams said. “Who needs Silicone Valley to find exciting high-tech opportunities? We’ve got all that right here in Utah.”