Developers want neighbor input for Shopko site

Project area map. Image courtesy Westport Capital Partners.

One of the remaining suburban inspired institutions in Sugar House will soon be redeveloped.  With the January 2017 closing of the Sugar House Shopko, the property’s new owners are looking to residents for feedback on how to best redevelop the site, located at the corner of 1300 East and the I-80 interchange.

The owners, national real estate investment company, Westport Capital Partners, have launched a community survey on to get guidance from residents on what type of project would best add to the character of the neighborhood.

The project area, in the Sugar House Shopping Center, is large at over 9 acres and includes the big box retail store and several acres of surface parking.  The size of the project area means that site could accommodate several large mixed-use developments

In comparison, the project area is over three times the size of the nearby, Vue at Sugar House Crossing and Legacy Village developments and over four times larger than adjacent Wilmington Flats.  All three mixed-use projects would fit in the Shopko property.

The developers will release the results from the survey in the second week of January and with the goal of submitting development plans to the city in spring 2017.  The project area is zoned CSHBD1 (Sugar House Business Dist. 1) which allows for mixed-use developments with heights up to 10 stories, or 105 feet.

The Shopko redevelopment project will be the second project actively proposed for the Sugar House Shopping Center.  Woodbury Corporation, the developers of Wilmington Gardens and Legacy Village, plan to build a 125-room, six-story Marriott Springhill Suites hotel on the surface parking lot directly east of the former Toys-R-Us building at the northeast corner of the shopping center.  Woodbury is development partners with the shopping center’s owners (minus the Shopko parcels), the Dees Family, and plan to incrementally redevelop the suburban-style area into a mixed-use urban node over the next two decades.  Representatives of Woodbury have gone on record stating that after the hotel, any further development of the Dee’s owned parcels in the shopping center will be a few years out to give neighbors a break from construction.

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