80-unit east Downtown mixed-use residential project will add to SLC’s urban core

East Downtown will soon see new residential construction along the South Temple – 100 South corridor. At 25 South 300 East, Lotus Republic will add 80 market-rate apartments to what may already be the densest residential area in the state. 

The podium + 5 story mixed-use building will house 56 micro (460 sf) and 24 1-bdrm (740 sf) units. The project provides 80 parking stalls for a 1 : 1 ratio. 

On the ground floor, 1168 sf of retail space will house the Republic Taphouse.

It will replace the former Utah College of Massage Therapy and more recently Cortiva Institute building. Think Architecture of Sandy is the architect.

Site of Lotus Republic, from the west, at 25 S. 300 E. in Salt Lake City. Photo by Luke Garrott
Site looking towards South Temple. Photo by Luke Garrott.

The project comes from the Lotus Company, a locally-based real estate and food + beverage company. Lotus currently has several multi-family projects in the pipeline, as well as established and emerging brewing, distilling, and restaurant ventures. Their brands include MacCool’s Public House, Water Witch, and Ogden River Brewing.

Located on the river at 358 Park Blvd in Ogden, the ORB brewhouse building is currently receiving finishes and hopes to open at the end of August.

The Lotus Republic site is around the corner from Lotus South Temple, one of the company’s first residential projects. 

Construction is currently out to bid, and developers plan to break ground in 75 days. The build will take 18-20 months, putting completion in Spring, 2022.

Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.