In Pictures: Busy time of year at Brickyard Plaza

Construction workers at Brickyard Plaza have kept nearly as busy as the shopping center’s frantic shoppers.  Framing for Element31, a 208-unit apartment development at 1245 Brickyard Road, is over half-way complete.  The apartments on the north and east sides are framed out, while half of the west side of the project is framed up to the second of four floors.  The development wraps around the seven-story Brickyard Office Tower, replacing what was originally an aging parking structure directly across from Brickyard Plaza, a suburban-style shopping center that features mostly discount retail and a Harmon’s grocery store.
Element31 developers maximized lot space by building right up to the office tower and building the units above a subterranean parking structure.

Element31 shows that there surface and parking structures can be sites for smart development that enhance a neighborhood.  There is ample surface parking surrounding the Brickyard Plaza.  Hopefully the owners of the plaza will be inspired to rethink the suburban style plaza and find creative ways to redevelop the ample surface parking.

Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast side of the Element31 apartments as seen from 1300 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast side of the Element31 apartments as seen from 1300 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Element31 apartments as seen from 1300 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Element31 apartments as seen from 1300 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest side of the Element31 apartments as seen from Brickyard Road. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

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Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.