In pictures: Downtown construction update

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Can’t stop won’t stop – Downtown’s renaissance continues, even as recession fears abound. It was last March when we gave you the most recent photo essay of construction sites Downtown. Here’s what progress looks like in January, 2023:

The highrises

Astra

At 200 South and State, the Astra apartment tower, which will be Utah’s tallest, has risen to ~15 stories of its total 39, which will provide 390 apartment homes.

Photos by Luke Garrott.

The Worthington

On the NE corner of Broadway (300 South) and 200 East, The Worthington’s 31 stories and 359 living spaces are taking shape at the lower floors. Construction crews seem to be ~5 stories out of the ground.

Photos by Luke Garrott.

255 State

The city’s Redevelopment Agency and partners Brinshore Development are completing a two-building project with a public paseo offering 190 apartments of which 152 will be affordable, ranging from 20%-80% of AMI.

Photos by Luke Garrott.

West Downtown

We’ve been covering the environs around the Salt Palace Convention Center, with the West Quarter and the Hyatt Regency convention center hotel being the big splash projects.

But the less-noticeable filling-in of missing teeth between the Salt Palace and the Gateway Mall is also notable. Here are our photos:

The Salt Palace (left) and the Hyatt Regency 700-room convention center hotel. Photo by Luke Garrott.
The Paperbox (center, yellow vertical stripe) is leasing, and Clearwater Development’s Zephyr is rising along 200 South on a former surface parking lot. Phto by Luke Garrott.
Zephyr site on 200 South with Paperbox in the background. Photo by Luke Garrott.

West Broadway

Edison House social club is open.

Just to the south, also fronting 200 West, is PEG Development’s Revival, offering 142 apartment homes for rent.

Photos by Luke Garrott.

East Downtown/East Central

Heading uphill toward the University of Utah, several notable projects have grabbed our attention. At the former massage school site, Lotus Republic is nearing completion. Owners received approval last week for a bar called Citizens on the ground floor at 33 S. 300 East.

On 500 East and South Temple, the historic (built in 1949) office-to-residential conversion begun by Ivory Homes but being completed by Richie Group is nearing the halfway point in their construction timeline. An early-1950s theme is going to permeate the 121 apartments in a two-building project.

Lotus Republic, at 33 S 300 East. Photo by Luke Garrott.

Ritchie Group’s 121-unit historical rehab and new construction (vacant lot at right) is under construction. Photo by Luke Garrott.

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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.