In pictures: Depot District construction transforming west Downtown

Just west and south of the Gateway Mall, housing projects are coming to fruition that look to transform this part of the city.

In a neighborhood long dominated by railroads, the Interstate, and many people’s comings and goings (it’s called the Gateway for a reason), a critical mass of multi-family housing projects may finally be tipping the scales towards the walkable, urban neighborhood envisioned in city master plans and its Gateway Mixed-Use G-MU zoning.

All sorts of dwellings are represented in the projects below: deeply affordable federal tax-credit units, Opportunity Zone micro-units, and market rate “luxury” apartment homes.

It’s an impressive stock of new housing. It’s also only a drop in a potentially overflowing bucket of development in the area. The Salt Lake City RDA is giving more shape to their Station Center development immediately to the south, and the Rio Grande Plan promises to open 52 acres of land of vacated railways alone.

UTA is also a major player in the area. It plans to open up its old bus service depot up for development, as well as build a high-rise new administrative headquarters.


The CINQ, dbUrban and Dwell Design Studio’s seven-story, 203 unit mixed-use market-rate project at 530 West 200 South will reuse the front two-thirds of the Central Warehouse.

Central Station 1

Getting close to completion, Central Station east is a 65-unit project LIHTC project that offers 52 of its units at 25-50% AMI.

Central Station 2

On the SE corner of 200 South and 600 West, Central Station west will be identical in unit count and mix: the 65-unit project mirrors its (currently nearly completion) “sister” building just to the east – with 52 of its units pegged at 25-50% AMI.

Alta Depot

The 288-unit market-rate Alta Depot at 565 West 100 South has all its entitlements in hand, and have begun demolition on the old Le Bus motor coach garage.

Greenprint Gateway

Greenprint Gateway is bringing 150 micro and studio apartments to market for rent on the NE corner of 200 South and 600 West. Foundations have been poured and structural columns are rising.

It includes ground-floor retail or office space and will be oriented toward 200 South.

The Beverly

At 63 South 600 West, the 48-unit luxury rental project by CW Urban is putting in final landscaping and has begun to move in tenants. A new GreenBike station is being installed in its front parkstrip.

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Photos by Luke Garrott

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.