The transformation of downtown Sugar House marches forward. It wasn’t that long ago that the stalled Sugarmont Apartments in the heart of the business district was in contractor dispute, its degraded wrap flapping in the wind. Now its exterior finishes are being applied.
The COVID pandemic might have slowed, but hasn’t stopped any of these projects in and around Sugar House’s commercial core.
It was only August 2020 when this 341-unit apartment project by Boulder Ventures was still paused due to disputes with contractors, the stench from its neglected porta-potties gracing the sidewalk along with banners aspiring to an improbable opening date.
A 59-unit project by Lowe Property Group at 2170 S. McClelland St., Dixon Place, is also nearing completion. Here’s how it looked in August:
Sugar Alley Apartments
The 186-unit Sugar Alley development by Lowe Property Group will also house 16,000 sf of retail on the ground floor.
Park Avenue development
The nine-acre mixed-use Park Avenue development on the old Shopko site is nearing completion of its final phase. The 238-unit apartment building at 1240 E. Stringham Ave. will join the finished satellite University of Utah Health Sugar House Medical Center and a 150,000 sf office building.
Sugar Town Apartments
At the site of the old Snelgrove Ice Cream at 850 East 2100 South, 270 apartments are proposed.
Sugarmont Place Apartments
A 77-unit four-story apartment building at 2195 South 900 East has been proposed by Harris Architecture and developers based in Spanish Fork. It’s at the NE corner of 900 East and Sugarmont Drive at the S-Line Streetcar.
The Twenty Ones
A mixed-use development by Rockworth Companies and AE Urbia Architects has cleared final design review at the city’s Planning Commission. Its 107 units will sit above and behind 21,000 sf of retail at 2100 East and 2100 South. It will be replacing some legacy businesses, including the Blue Plate Diner.
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.