Construction set to start on Sugar House hotel

Crews have started excavation work to prepare for construction of the Wilmington Springhill Suites in Sugar House. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Sugar House’s building boom shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.  There are three large projects actively under construction in the neighborhood’s central business district with a fourth project about to be underway.  Preliminary construction has started on the Wilmington Springhill Suites by Marriott.

The hotel will replace a 0.66-acre surface parking lot directly east of the former Toys “R” Us building and the Legacy Village Apartments.  The Springhill Suites will be six stories with 125 rooms and will consist of five floors of hotel rooms above a two-story parking structure.  The project will connect to both Wilmington Avenue and the Sugar House House Shopping Center with entrances on at the north and southeast facades.

Ground floor amenities will include a patio, outdoor dining area and several surface lots directly east of the building.  Two additional key ground floor amenities will be pedestrian walkways on both the east and west sides of the hotel that will connect the shopping center to Wilmington Avenue.  The western walkway will be 5 feet wide and connect to Wilmington via a stairway.  The eastern walkway will be ADA accessible and 8 feet wide.  Other hotel amenities include a pool and fitness center.

The Sugar House Community Council lobbied the developer, Woodbury Corporation, for the ADA-accessible walkway at the eastern edge of the property.  Under the conditions of approval by the Salt Lake City Planning Commission, the developers will need to complete the pedestrian walkways before the hotel can receive a certificate of occupancy.

The project will be the third by Woodbury Corporation at the 1200 South block of Wilmington Avenue.  Woodbury also developed the adjacent Legacy Village and the Wilmington Flats.

The Springhill Suites is one of four projects under construction in the Sugar House Central Business District and the first hotel to underway since the Extended Stay America, a two-star hotel at the 1200 East block of 2100 South opened 20 years ago.

Construction is underway on the Park Avenue development directly south of the Springhill Suites site.  Park Avenue will be built in two phases, the first of which will include a full-service University of Utah Clinic and six-story commercial office building.  The second phase will include a mixed-use residential building directly west of the office building.

The other two projects, the Sugarmont and 21 by Urbana, are underway will both be both residential developments and will add a combined 472 units.  The Sugarmont is about 30 percent framed out and will be eight stories with 352 residential units at the northeast corner of the McClelland Street and Sugarmont Drive intersections.  Construction of the 21 by Urbana is a bit more along than the Sugarmont and will be five stories with 126 units at the southwest corner of the 2100 South and 1000 East intersection.

Rendering of the Springhill Suites. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.
The site plan for the proposed Springhill Suites hotel. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

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