Downtown’s newest office building, 650 Main, announces new lease to law firm

The owners of Downtown’s newest office building announced this week that they have signed a new tenant for 650 Main, a 335,000 SF Class-A project that was built on spec during the pandemic.

Michael Best & Friedrich, a national law firm, will occupy nearly 20,000 SF in the project, which is strategically located near the county and state courthouses.

650 Main is also adjacent to a new TRAX light-rail stop, and is part of the regeneration of south Downtown. Two large residential projects in the immediate vicinity, Seven O2 and 6th and Main, have also recently been completed and are in lease-up.

“The building is approximately 70% leased,” Patrinely Executive VP Carolyn Drushel told Building Salt Lake. She added that they have several deals pending they hope to announce soon. Leasing has been active at 650 Main for 18 months.

The success or failure of the speculative project may determine whether other Downtown office projects get built. Pre-leasing, for a long time a key variable whether office building plans received the green light or not, is an increasingly difficult measure to satisfy.

Two blocks to the north of 650 Main, JLL has put on hold their plans for the Sundial tower, which also looked to take advantage of its location close to the county and state courthouses. The South West Temple project by Domain, at 400 South, also contained an office component that is in limbo.

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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.