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Valley Fair Mall breaks ground for the next phase of renovation

 (West Valley Journal) Phase II of the Valley Fair Mall renovation is now under way. This phase will give the existing mall the overall updated look to compliment the new bordering retail stores and restaurants.

This phase will be the largest of the six phases of the renovation. Phase II spans 100,000 square feet, adding both new structures as well as new components to the current structure. Grant Mackay Construction recently demolished the west side to facilitate improvements and construction of a two-story glass atrium.

"It's exciting to get the second phase of the mall under way," said Mayor Mike Winder. "When completed, this will be a shopping center worthy of Utah's second-largest city."

West Valley City took interest in the mall's redevelopment and selected this area to be a redevelopment area to allow tax increment to facilitate mall improvements. City planners have worked side by side with mall owners Scott Satterfield and Greg Helm to support the project in any way.

West Valley City Planning Director John Janson said this partnership also makes this project more cohesive with the adjacent City Center redevelopment to the west. He's currently working with mall owners to create pedestrian-friendly accesses between the two developments.

"It's evident that a connection to the mall is very important," Janson said.

Jonny Arbuckle, development director of Satterfield-Helm Management, agrees this partnership is very important.

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