LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - UTA is moving into the business of home development, sort of. It's a new partnership between cities, developers and UTA to build apartments, right by front runner stops. Thursday the first transit oriented development, Kay's Crossing, broke ground in Layton.
The Layton FrontRunner Station will soon become more than just a spot to hop on a train, soon you could live there.
Kay's Crossing Developer Jared Nieslen said, "We will partner with UTA and build right next to the FrontRunner line."
They call it a Transient Oriented Development; homes and businesses built at a FrontRunner station.
Nielsen said, "We are not taking up a lot of land, we are only using 2.7 acres for 156 unites."
156 families will be moving right to the heart of downtown Layton, a step in the revitalization of the city.
Kent Andersen from Layton City's Economic Development said, "This is an area of the city we have been wanting to focus on redeveloping for quite some time, so this is the first stage of getting some exciting development going on."
And setting a precedent for the future.
Anderson said, "This is the first one that has been able to get all of the pieces together."
UTA plans to build developments just like this, from Provo to Ogden, along their FrontRunner lines. Kay's crossing is the first project like this to become a reality.
Thursday morning the ceremonial gold shovels marked the start to construction and they plan to be ready for people to move in next spring.