Construction begins on Hardware Village site

Rendering of the Hardware Building and the East and West Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the Hardware Building and the East and West Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.

A new urban node is emerging in the immediate vicinity of the North Temple TRAX and FrontRunner Stations.  Construction is winding down on the 4th West Apartments on the 200 North block of 400 West and construction is underway on the first phase of the adjacent Hardware Village development.

SALT Development is the developer of both Hardware Village and 4th West.  The projects will add a combined 957 residential units to the 100 and 200 North blocks of 400 West.  All 497 units in the 4th West development will be market rate.  Based on the developer’s Transit Station Area Development Score Review application, all units in Hardware Village will be market rate.

To put that number into perspective, SALT’s projects will add more than 387 units than the 570 units recently added in the Sugar House core after the Vue at Sugar House Crossing, Liberty Village and Wilmington Gardens opened in 2014 and early 2015.

Site plan of the Hardware Village development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Site plan of the Hardware Village development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.

The SALT developments unit total is more than double the 425 residential units at the City Creek Center.  City Creek includes 66 floors of residential in four buildings.

The Hardware Village development will consist of four buildings including the historic Salt Lake Hardware Building at the southeast corner of the lot.  The new structures will be a 10-story office tower, called Hardware Station, directly west of the Hardware building and two residential buildings.

The residential buildings will have a brick exterior and are referred to as East and West Hardware Village. The West Village will be seven stories and will have 265 units.  The East Village will be six-stories and will have 195 units. The units will be a mix of one and two bedrooms and penthouse suites.

Both buildings will be built above a two-story concrete podium.  The east and west building podiums will have subterranean parking.  The west building will also have above grade parking with an eight-level parking structure.

The developers have applied for footing and foundation building permits for both Hardware Village West and East.  While, construction has started on the eight-level parking structure that will be wrapped by the west building’s six floors for residential.

Both residential buildings will have brownstone-style townhomes on the ground floor.  The brownstones will be three-stories and will front 400 West, 200 North and Village Street, a planned mid-block street that will bisect both buildings.  The mid-block townhomes on Village Street will front an interior courtyard.

The east building will also have ground floor commercial space fronting 200 North.

The Hardware Station building will be a later phase of the Hardware Village development.  When built, the office building will include six floors of commercial space above a four-story parking platform.  The station building will connect the to historic Hardware Building via a pedestrian plaza that will also connect to the North Temple Viaduct and TRAX station.

The demand for office space in the area is growing.  According to KBS Realty Advisors the historic Hardware Building, referred to as the Gateway Tech Center, is 93 percent leased.   The five-story hardware building has 198,324 square feet of rentable commercial space.

Rendering of the East and West Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the East and West Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the townhomes in the East Village building as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the townhomes fronting the courtyard in the East Village building as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the townhomes in the East Village building as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the townhomes in the East Village building as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the Hardware Station and West and East Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of the Hardware Station and West and East Village buildings as designed by Arch Nexus. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

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.