Mixed-use project planned for Hardware Building

Rendering of the Hardware Village Development. Rendering by Arch Nexus.
Rendering of the Hardware Village Development. Rendering by Arch Nexus.

A new urban node is emerging around the North Temple TRAX and FrontRunner stations.  The developers, KBS and Salt Development are proposing to build the Hardware Village, a large mixed-use project directly east of the FrontRunner station and adjacent to the Salt Lake Hardware Building at the intersection of 400 West and North Temple.

The project is one of two large projects planned for the area directly north of the Gateway, construction is underway on the 4th West Apartments, a nearly 500-unit, a mixed-use development directly north Hardware Village site.

The Hardware Village development will include three new buildings, consisting of a mix of residential, commercial and office space.

The office tower, called Hardware Station will be ten floors (seven floors above ground), with six floors of office space above four floors of parking.  According to the developers, the 220,000 square-foot office building will front the North Temple Viaduct with the lobby accessed from the viaduct via a public plaza between the new building and existing Hardware Building.  The public plaza will be tiered with stairs that will provide pedestrian access to the Hardware Building and to Hardware Street, a proposed road directly north of Hardware Station.

Site Plan for the Hardware Village.
Site Plan for the Hardware Village.

The two residential buildings are referred to as East and West Village.  The East Village building includes six floors of residential above two floors of subterranean parking, accessed from a new street that will separate the residential buildings.  Townhomes and commercial space will be on the ground floor with penthouse suites on the sixth floor.  Floors two through five will be stacked flat units.

According to the site plans, the townhomes will front both 400 West and 200 North with private entrances.  The ground floor commercial will front 200 North and the entrance to the upper floor residential units will be off 400 West.  The East building will wrap around a smaller three-story cluster of townhomes that will front a shared courtyard with the main building.

The West Village will also include six floors of residential, but the building will wrap around an eight-level parking structure with a sky deck.  West Village will also include townhomes on the first floor with private entrances fronting 200 North and an internal courtyard accessed off of a new midblock street on the building’s east side.

According to the application information for a site development permit, the West Village will have 265 residential units.  Building Salt Lake has not been able to verify the unit count for the East Village, but both buildings will be similar in size and will most likely have a similar number of units.

A sloped walkway will provide both residential buildings a direct pedestrian connection to the North Temple Viaduct and TRAX station.

The developers will incorporate the historic Salt Lake Hardware Building into the development.  The hardware building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.  According to the application, the building was originally a warehouse and was constructed in 1909, the same time as the Rio Grande and Union Pacific Rail Stations were completed.  When it was built, the hardware building was considered the largest warehouse between St. Louis and the West Coast.

The west side of the proposed Hardware Station office tower.
The west side of the proposed Hardware Station office tower.
Aerial rendering of the Hardware Village as seen from North Temple and 400 West. Image by Arch Nexus.
Aerial rendering of the Hardware Village as seen from North Temple and 400 West. Image by Arch Nexus.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.