In Pictures: Sugar House’s building boom continues

Construction continues unabated in the Sugar House Business District with four projects actively underway, bringing new jobs, residents, hotel guests and a small amount of additional retail to the area.  Although 21 by Urbana does replace some local businesses, the rest of these developments, Park Avenue, the Sugarmont Apartments and the Springhill Suites, are replacing shuttered businesses and large amounts of surface parking and replacing them with higher density and additional pedestrian connections.

21 by Urbana

The five-story, 126-unit apartment building by Gardiner Properties is almost fully framed at the southwest corner of the 1000 East and 2100 South intersection.  Gardiner Properties also has the Pierpont Apartments under construction in Downtown Salt Lake City, half a block north of Pioneer Park.  The project replaces a Subway and several small businesses.

The 2100 South view of the 21 by Urbana Apartments as designed by Lloyd Architects. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
The 21 by Urbana as seen looking north along 1000 East towards 2100 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The 21 by Urbana rising above the Goodyear tire store as seen from Lincoln Street.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The 21 by Urbana as seen looking east along 2100 South from the McDonald’s.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The 21 by Urbana as seen from the southwest corner of 2100 South and 1000 East.  Photo by Mike Fife.

Park Avenue

Concrete is beginning to peak above the ground at the construction site of Park Avenue, a large mixed-use development underway at the near 1300 East and Interstate 80.  The project is by Westport Capital Partners LLC and consists of two phases, the first of which includes two buildings, 80Park and 60Park.  The first is a five-story, 170,00 square foot office building that will house the University of Utah Health Sugar House Health Center.   80Park will share a parking structure with 60Park, a six-story, 150,000 square foot office building that will sit just south of 80Park.  The second phase consists of 40Park, a proposed seven-story, 208-unit residential mixed-use building.  The project will add pedestrian enhancements to an area that was previously reserved for parked cars. The parking structure at the center of the development will front a reconstructed Stringham Avenue and will include a small street-level art gallery.  The development replaces a former Shopko department store and a large surface parking lot.  The project will connect Stringham Avenue between Highland Drive and 1300 East, add Ashton Avenue to the south and include additional north/south pedestrian connections.

Rendering of the north face of the Park Avenue development. The Health Center building on the left (East) side of the rendering will be completed first.  Image courtesy Dixon Architects.
The construction site of the Park Avenue development as seen looking southwest from the Olive Garden parking lot on 1300 East.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The southeast corner of the Park Avenue development as seen looking northwest from 1300 East and I-80. The under-construction, Sugarmont Apartments can be seen in the distance in the center of the photo. The recently completed Legacy Village is to the right. Photo by Mike Fife.
Crews are working on the parking structure for 80Park as seen looking southwest from the construction site. Photo by Mike Fife.

Sugarmont Apartments

Construction continues on the Sugar House Business District’s new largest residential development. The development, by Boulder Ventures, will be eight-stories tall and contain 352 apartment units.  It is located just north of Fairmont Park and the current terminus of the S-Line Streetcar.  The concrete podium looks complete with framing underway moving from south to North.  The Sugarmont Apartments replace the former Granite Furniture warehouse and adjacent surface parking.  The project includes a pedestrian walkway through the project that will link Sugarmont Drive with 2100 south, connecting with the walkway between the Vue at Sugar House Crossing and the Granite Furniture building.

Rendering of the Sugarmont Apartments as designed by Studio PBA. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Sugarmont Apartments as seen looking southeast from Elm Ave and 1000 East. Photo by Mike Fife.
Sugarmont Apartments as seen looking northwest towards Liberty Village and The Vue at Sugar House Crossing, two other relatively new apartment complexes in the Sugar House Business District. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Sugarmont Apartments as seen looking south from Elm Avenue. Photo by Mike Fife.
The northwest corner of the Sugarmont Apartments. Townhome-style units will wrap around the parking structure pictured. Photo by Mike Fife.
View of the Sugarmont Apartments as seen looking northeast from Fairmont Park. Photo by Mike Fife.
The site plan for the new pedestrian and bike connections that will be incorporated into the Sugarmont Apartments development

Springhill Suites

Construction is starting to ramp up on the six-story, 125-room Springhill Suites.  The hotel will be the second hotel in the Sugar House Business District and the first new hotel in 20 years.  The hotel replaces a surface parking lot directly east of the shuttered Toys ‘R Us building and is the third project by Woodbury Corporation at the 1200 East block of Wilmington Avenue.  Woodbury recently finished two adjacent mixed-use projects on Wilmington Avenue, the Legacy Village the Wilmington Flats.  The project replaces a surface parking lot and adds pedestrian connections on each side of the building, connecting Wilmington Avenue to points south.

The site plan for the proposed Springhill Suites hotel. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
The construction site for the Springhill Sutes, a new hotel in the Sugar House Business District, as seen looking north towards the 1200 East block of Wilmington Ave. The former Toys ‘R Us building is to the left.  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.