Builders plan new mixed-use building at site of Office Max on 400 South in East Central

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At long last, developers have unveiled their plans for the site of an Office Max in front of a light-rail station in Salt Lake City’s East Central neighborhood.

And unlike other developments now lining the 400 South transit corridor, the new proposal doesn’t ignore the opportunity to activate the street level.

Newly released plans call for a six-story building with space for 264 residences and over 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in multiple commercial spaces. That’s a stark contrast to the ground-level leasing offices and screened parking at nearby developments. Paired with the brick-clad facade, the new proposal for 410 S. 900 E. is noteworthy.

“This new development will play a significant role to enhance and revitalize this important area of Salt Lake City,” the developers wrote in a design review application. “The unique, yet familiar exterior design, the dynamic, inviting street level promenade and plaza, along with articulation of form, material and detail, all contribute to the creation of a vibrant and engaging built environment at this location.”

The Office Max replacement would include space for tenants in the building as well as visitors.

The project would capitalize on existing and incoming density along the corridor, as well as its placement in a transit-rich part of the capital city.

Immediately across the street to the north is the 900 East Station of Trax. On 900 East is an existing bus stop with 15-minute service throughout the workday.

The building would have an average floor height of just over 13 feet.

The facade would be primarily brick, “with fiber cement panel accents, and limited” stucco.

The developers are planning for two driveways into the 2.5 levels of parking. A ground-level section would be open for the public visiting the seven separate retail spaces plus large restaurant planned for the building’s northeast corner.

Additional parking would serve residents in the building at a ratio of one stall per residential unit. Driveway entrances would be off of 400 South and 900 East.

“The parking structure is concealed behind ground level retail and leasing offices facing 400 South and 900 East,” the developers wrote in a new design review application.

The project’s renderings capture one unfortunate reality of the site.

Residents and guests visiting the public and private spaces in the new building will be greeted by State Highway 186, or 400 South.

The six-to-seven lane state road doesn’t leave space for a median to buffer people walking from high-speed car traffic just feet away from the sidewalk, making for an unpleasant and dangerous place to take a stroll.

Development Details

  • Owner: RD Management
  • Architect: The Richardson Design Partnership
  • Engineer: Ensign
  • Landscape Architect: LoftSixFour

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Editor’s Note: This story was updated to correct that the Office Max is still open.

Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.