In Pictures: Downtown Sugar House construction update

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.

Sugarmont Apartments

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.

The Sugarmont Apartments site in August 2020. Photos by Luke Garrott.
Sugarmont Apartments and Wilmington Ave. from the north, December 2020. Photo by Luke Garrott.
341-unit Sugarmont Apartments from McClelland St., looking south. Photo by Luke Garrott.

Dixon Place

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:

Dixon Place from the NE, in August 2020. Photo by Luke Garrott.
Dixon Place, center-left. Sugarmont Apartments, left; Liberty Crest Apartments, center-right. Photo by Luke Garrott.
The Dixon in December 2020, at the corner of Elm Ave. and McClelland St. Photo by Luke Garrott.

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.

The Sugar Alley construction site, tucked in between Sugarmont Apartments, left, and The Vue. Photo by Luke Garrott.
Rendering of Sugar Alley Apartments from Highland Drive and Wilmington Ave. Image courtesy MVE Architects.

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.

The Park Avenue residential building being framed, center, office building to its left and medical center, further left. Photo by Luke Garrott.
U of U Sugar House Health Center in August 2020. Photo by Luke Garrott.

Sugar Town Apartments

At the site of the old Snelgrove Ice Cream at 850 East 2100 South, 270 apartments are proposed.

The old Snelgrove/Nestlé site on 21st South, seen from the north. Image courtesy Google Earth.
An early rendering for the Sugar Town Apartments in Sugar House. The proposal would 290 new apartment units to one of Salt Lake City’s fastest-urbanizing neighborhoods.

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.

2185 + 2195 South 900 East, site of the proposed Sugarmont Place project. Photo by Luke Garrott.
West elevation drawings for Sugarmont Place. No renderings have been released to the city yet. Image courtesy Harris Architecture.

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.

21st + 21st, from the southwest – The Twenty Ones site. Blue Plate Diner, center-left. Photo by Luke Garrott
Rendering of The Twenty Ones, which will provide 107 units above and behind 27,000 sf of retail space. Image courtesy AE Urbia Architects.
The Twenty Ones site from 2100 South and the southeast. Photo by Luke Garrott.

S-Line happenings

The Brixton, at 700 East and the S-Line,was completed in late 2019 and is fitting in nicely with its surroundings. Photo by Luke Garrott.
The South Parc apartments at 2248 South 500 East were recently purchased by HICAP Management based in New York City, and are being modernized and upgraded. Photo by Luke Garrott.
The South Parc apartments from the east. Photo 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.