Dormant dry-cleaners on coveted corner in Central 9th finally to see development

It looks like a key corner in Central 9th long eyed by developers and the city’s Redevelopment Agency but tied up by environmental contamination will see a project at last.

The site, at the southwest corner of 900 South and 200 West (906 S 200 W) was purchased last year from Urban Alfandre, which has two projects currently under construction next door on 900 South. Alfandre had successfully received State of Utah approval for its cleanup plan of the former dry-cleaning and now brownfield site.

The latest owner is local outfit CW Urban, a Building Salt Lake sponsor, which has transformed itself from building mostly townhomes into a full-scale residential infill developer. On the site will sit The Darlene, a five-story, 65-unit, mixed-use, market-rate rental building that received approval from the Planning Commission for two exceptions needed for the project in FB-UN-2 zoning. 

Panoramic photos courtesy SLC Planning.

Its ground-floor presence includes tenant amenities and a garage entry along 200 West. The project will house a single retail space, not at the corner, but further west on 900 South.

The building is strategically located next to transit, served by both Trax light rail (north-south) and enhanced bus service (east-west) on 900 South.

Its 116 units will be divided between 20 studios, 78 one-bedroom, and 8 two-bedrooms. The project will provide 70 parking stalls in an at-grade podium. 

Urban Alfandre’s previous rendering for the site. Image courtesy KTGY Architects.

Images courtesy CW Urban.

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.