Adaptive reuse condo project to start construction in Central Ninth

CW Urban held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday for a unique residential project in Salt Lake City’s Central Ninth. It will include adaptive reuse of the Taffy Town candy factory at 55 West 800 South, attached to a new 6-story condominium building.

The for-sale product will add 90 new units, 64 in the new building, and 26 in the warehouse.

Looking southeast. The Charli will sit across 800 South from two entire blocks of car dealerships, and only 1 1/2 blocks from TRAX. The 9th South on-ramp to I-15 is upper left. Image courtesy Google.

The new building will sit on what is now a surface parking lot. Parking for the project will be contained in the first level of the 6-story podium, which will use a stacking system.

The Glade Candy Co.

The old Taffy Town building was owned by the Glade family since its founding in 1916 at this location, changing its name in 1996 to Taffy Town.

The building’s art deco features add character to the neighborhood that will be included in the new project. 

Darlene Carter, Division President of CW Urban, wrote in a statement: “The inspiration for this project came from the existing Taffy Town building as well as the industrial history of the central 9th neighborhood.”

“The main focus of the design has been to highlight the raw beauty of the existing warehouse with its textural façade and rough nature, while constructing modern and efficient condos to meet the current housing needs.”

Courtesy CW Urban.
Photo by Luke Garrott.

Project partners include Rimrock Construction, CW Design, Method Studio Architects, Spectrum Engineering, PEPG Civil Engineers, and Ensign Structural Engineers. The Salt Lake City RDA is also a partner.

CW Urban is hoping to complete the Charli in 15 months (the end of 2020), and plans to offer unit sales beginning in the Spring of 2020.

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.