A New Day in WVC
Forget what you think you know about West Valley City. You’re going to have to abandon those stereotypes of a hick town known for crime, big trucks and big hair. Over the past decade, new development has given the city a sense of place, and now SLC’s scrappy little brother is growing up fast.
West Valley City planners are looking to be at the forefront of the economic recovery, giving residents a reason to stay in town for dining and fun, and eastsiders to make the drive 20 minutes west. At his State of the City address, Mayor Mike Winder announced a plan to make the city the most business-friendly in the state, calling for what he terms the “West Valley City renaissance.”
At the center of this movement, the Valley Fair Mall is undergoing costly renovations, and across the street nestled near City Hall and the West Valley Central TRAX station, the city is constructing Fairbourne Station, a multi-use city center with everything you would expect from Utah’s second largest city.
A few blocks southeast, West Valley City landmarks The Maverik Center and Hale Centre Theatre remain huge attractions. Minutes west, Granger High School is being rebuilt, and it's expected to be one of Utah’s largest. Other developments are springing up all over the city.
The main focus of growth is near Constitution Boulevard (2700 West) and the city’s main street 3500 South. For the first time since suburbs Hunter and Granger fused to create the city in 1980, West Valley City will finally have a place to call “downtown.”