In Pictures: Downtown South Salt Lake’s growth continues

South Salt Lake’s targeted downtown area is beginning to take shape as three prominent residential developments are now, fully or nearly framed out.  The projects are part of the first wave of development in South Salt Lake’s emerging downtown area, between 2100 South and I-80 from State Street to the TRAX Line.

The three projects will add almost 500 new residents and businesses to the area in and adjacent to the city’s 235-acre downtown district at the southern border of Salt Lake City.  City officials envision the downtown district to eventually have at least 2,500 new multi-family housing units, 1.5 million square feet of new retail and 3 million square feet of new office/commercial space in addition to new green space and cultural and social attractions.   The area is currently home to many light industrial and warehousing businesses and associated offices interspersed with other uses such as retail, restaurants and an existing apartment complex.

Hi-Grade Apartments

Rendering of the Hi-Grades Apartments as seen from West Temple.

The Hi-Grade Apartments by developer David Blake are nearing completion on West Temple between Commonwealth and Utopia Avenues, just south of 2100 South.  The five-story, 100-unit project will have 76 income restricted residential units with the remaining apartments at market rate.  The project also includes 1500 square feet of retail along West Temple in an area that is currently more commercial/industrial in nature.

The southeast corner of the High-Grade Apartments on West Temple as seen from Utopia Avenue. Photo by Mike Fife.
The northeast corner of the Hi-Grade Apartments as seen looking south along West Temple at Commonwealth Avenue. Photo by Mike Fife.
The west side of the High-Grade Apartments as seen looking east along Commonwealth Avenue. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Hi-Grade Apartments at the corner of West Temple and Commonwealth Avenue. The project includes 1,500 square feet of commercial space along West Temple. Photo by Mike Fife.

Liberty Crossing Townhomes

Rendering of the Liberty Crossing Townhomes. Image courtesy South Salt Lake City public documents.

The Liberty Crossing Townhomes by Cowboy Properties will feature 95 two and three bedroom townhomes.  Liberty Crossing is directly north of the S-Line South Salt Lake City Station and is one of two planned residential projects in The Crossing Development on the southwest corner of 2100 South and State Street.  The Winco Supermarket was the first phase of this development and there are also two smaller commercial parcels in the project plan that remain undeveloped.

The Liberty Crossing Townhomes, as seen looking northwest across State Street at the S-Line. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Liberty Crossing Townhomes as seen looking east from Main Street. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Liberty Crossing Townhomes run along the edge of the Winco parking lot, as seen looking east from Main Street. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Liberty Crossing Townhomes are actively under construction just south side of the Winco Grocery store parking lot. Photo by Mike Fife.

Ritz Classic Apartments

Rendering of the north side of the Ritz Classic Apartments along the S-line. Image courtesy of Think Architects.

Nestled along the south side of the S-Line between State Street and 200 East, is ICO Development’s Ritz Classic Apartments.  The five-story project is framed out and will have 287 residential units. The project’s entrances are on 200 East and a driveway that connects to State Street.  The project replaces the former home of the Ritz Classic Bowling Alley.  In addition to naming the project after the Ritz Classic, the developers also restored the Ritz Classic Bowling Alley sign.

The south side of the Ritz Classic Apartments as seen looking west from 200 East. Photo by Mike Fife.
The northeast corner of the Ritz Classic Apartments as seen from the intersection of 200 East and the S-Line. Photo by Mike Fife.
The west side of the Ritz Classic Apartments, as seen looking east from State Street. Photo by Mike Fife.
The restored Ritz Classic sign marks the entrance to the Ritz Classic Apartments.  The Liberty Crossing Townhouses and the Hi-Grade Apartments under construction are in the distance. Photo by Mike Fife.
The west elevation of the Ritz Classic Apartments as seen looking east. Photo by Mike Fife.

Posted by Mike Fife

Mike Fife grew up in Norman, Oklahoma but fell in love with Salt Lake City upon relocating here in 2001 just prior to the Winter Olympics. Mike's interest in planning and development was turbo charged during two terms on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. With an Accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Richmond, Mike had a 30-year career in finance, accounting, and strategic planning with EDS/Hewlett-Packard/Hewlett Packard Enterprise.