No one would say that energy levels are high in Downtown Salt Lake City these days. But there’s an unmistakable hum and a tap-tap-tap in the air, as construction projects large and small continue apace. We counted 1873 units under construction Downtown between 500 East and 600 West, North Temple and 500 South.
Squeezed in between historic warehouses and an electrical substation, Paperbox Lofts adds unique residential design savvy to west Downtown, just south of the Utah Jazz arena.
The Exchange project
At the east end of the city’s “civic campus,” the mixed-use, mixed-income, low-carbon Exchange project is starting to get its outward-facing details applied.
The West Quarter
The Ritchie Group project now known as the West Quarter, at 300 West and 100 South, will add hospitality, food + beverage, and residential units in the heart of west Downtown.
In east Downtown, the 200 South food + beverage scene will see a new influx of residents with The Birdie, at 200 East.
The Depot District
North of 200 South, just to the west of the Gateway Mall, the residential boom continues.
In East Central, at the foot of the Avenues at 500 East + E Street, The Hardison continues its emergence.
Cottonwood Residential’s Broadway project that runs the length of 200 and 300 South between 300 and 400 East is already making its mark on the East Central neighborhood Downtown.
Remember the Violin School Commons project? Anchored by the Northwest Pipeline building, its redevelopment was green-lighted by the Becker Administration in a partnership with local developers Cowboy Partners. That deal was scuttled by Becker’s successor, Jackie Biskupski.
Current Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s Community and Neighborhoods Department (CAN) Director Blake Thomas told us in no uncertain terms that the city has moved on. Currently, his department is looking at “costs to bring the building to a useable shell state.” His goal is to have all essential mechanicals working, and thereafter to release a Request for Inquiries (RFI) for the NW Pipeline building and the remainder of the property.
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.